Before the industrial age, most everything found in a person’s home were handmade by a skilled craftsman who spent many years perfecting their trade. These objects would take days, sometimes months, to create one finished product. Now we live in age of immediacy and mass production. The furniture we put in our homes comes off an assembly line and is one of many made in a matter of minutes. While this makes for a cheap, convenient, and readily available product, it removes much of the character and subtle visual nuances created by the hand. The story of the materials used and the hands that shaped that object are as short as the time it spends moving down the conveyor.
I’m a firm believer that you should surround yourself with the things you love, and that those things should tell a story. It is important to me to have a hand in every aspect of the construction of each piece of furniture I make. From the welds on the frames to the finishes applied to the wood, each piece has its own unique character and custom aesthetic.
I consider myself merely a hobbyist furniture maker at this point. Always with the goal of becoming a fine woodworker. My hopes are for my future home to be filled with furniture and objects I’ve crafted.
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