The Art of Fine Furniture - 2017
Jun
17
to Aug 10

The Art of Fine Furniture - 2017

I am quite pleased to announce I have once again been invited to exhibit a piece at The Art of Fine Furniture in Winona, Minnesota again this summer.

I will be sharing my latest Shaker piece - a Shaker round stand with "understated elegance...pleasing to the eye and touch"  

No, this is not a circa 1950 Danish modern piece. It is a replica of a candle stand first created more than 120 years earlier by a Shaker craftsman in the community of Hanover, Massachusetts. This circa 1830 solid Cherry table faithfully duplicates the fine lines of its ancestor in every detail. Standing 24-1/2” tall, this classic, graceful table has an 18” diameter top. 
Note the graceful flowing curve of the legs, and their gentle taper from the base of the wine bottle shaped pedestal to the floor. The thin top is made to appear even thinner and more delicate by the soft tapering of the rim. Although delicate in appearance, these sturdy tables have survived for nearly 200 years!


It was finished with a tung oil/varnish mix and hand-rubbed to a satin sheen, resulting in a velvety touch to the hand.

Come visit this fine collection of the highest quality furniture, in the warm, inviting atrium of the Winona County History Center.

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Old School Arts Center Show
May
19
to Jun 16

Old School Arts Center Show

This is a great display of fine furniture and art at the Old School Arts Center up in Sandstone, MN,  More than a dozen pieces of fine furniture, along with art of all kinds in other medium.

Pictured is my Shaker Round Stand, the one I showed at the Minnesota Woodworkers Guild Northern Woods Exhibition just a couple weeks ago, and some of the visitors on opening night.  Many of my cohorts from the world of fine furniture in Minnesota will be displaying their pieces as well.

It is a great place to see fine furniture and find something you might want in your own home.

See you there!!!

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Honored in Fine Woodworking Magazine
Dec
20
10:30 PM22:30

Honored in Fine Woodworking Magazine

I was honored to be one of the featured contributors to the "Readers' Gallery" section of the February 2017 issue of Fine Woodworking Magazine.

They featured several of the award-winning entries in the 2016 Northern Woods Exhibition, including my Shaker inspired Chimney Cupboard.

I was thrilled to have a second piece in 3 years highlighted in this nationally renowned publication.

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Help for the Childrens' Hospital
Nov
18
to Nov 19

Help for the Childrens' Hospital

One of the homes in North Oaks, Minnesota included in the 2016 annual 

North Oaks Home Tour and Holiday Boutique

Sponsored by North Oaks Children's Hospital Association Guild 1

featured this table and benches I built for the home owners.  The sculpted pedestal and base combine the fluid lines of furniture often found in Tuscany, with the Dutch inspired geometric Parquetry pattern of the table top.  I built this for my client who had lived in the Netherlands for a period of time and had became fond of a particular pattern of inlaid wood.  

For more information, see http://www.northoakschaguild1.org/

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Aug
18
to Nov 1

Current Projects

I'm working on several projects at the moment.  Two of them are tables.  One is a French Country inspired writing desk.  The other is a Dutch and Tuscany inspired dining table.

Each is being custom made to the clients' specifications, and at their request, will be provided un-finished.  They chose to do the finishing themselves.

Here's what they should look like when completed...

  French Country Writing Desk  - 46" x 24".  Constructed of soft maple.

French Country Writing Desk - 46" x 24".  Constructed of soft maple.

  Square Dutch Pedestal Table  - 50" x 50"  Square pedestal table with reclaimed wood top, executed in a pattern reminiscent of some early Dutch pieces, with a turned pedestal and large square base, reminiscent of the Tuscany region of Italy.

Square Dutch Pedestal Table - 50" x 50"  Square pedestal table with reclaimed wood top, executed in a pattern reminiscent of some early Dutch pieces, with a turned pedestal and large square base, reminiscent of the Tuscany region of Italy.

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Jun
20
to Jul 31

The Art of Fine Furniture - 2015

  • Winona County Historical Center (map)
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Please visit this exquisite public exhibition of works by regionally and nationally recognized studio furniture makers. 

I am honored this year to be included among some of Minnesota's greatest makers of fine furniture to exhibit two of my pieces.  I will be exhibiting my Shaker Sister's Sewing Desk, along with an authentic Mount Lebanon rocker, in which she would have likely sat to perform her duties with needle and thread.

Please plan to stop by this summer to the Winona County Historical Center and take in this amazing display of THE ART OF FINE FURNITURE.

For more details about the exhibition, visit http://www.theartoffinefurniture.com/

 The Sister's sewing desk and the classic rocker from which she likely worked.

The Sister's sewing desk and the classic rocker from which she likely worked.

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May
22
to May 23

Old School Arts Center

The Northern Woods Exhibition is in the past now.  While I did not come away with any awards this year, I did have the opportunity to meet a lot of great people with an appreciation for my Shaker Sisters' Sewing Desk.  Attached is a photo of how it looked at the exhibit.

With that event in the past it's time to move on to the "Design and Build Expo" being staged at the Old School Arts Center in Sandstone, MN.  That will occur over the Memorial Day weekend.  The idea is to have a number of fine furniture makers show their pieces and how they came about to design and build them.  Students from the area, both high school and trade school students will be visiting the exhibit on Friday, with public viewing Friday night and Saturday.

I'll be taking a couple of my Shaker rocking chairs, and many of the jigs and fixtures used to construct them, to the exhibit so I can educate people on the process.

Shaker Sisters' Sewing Desk - Northern Woods Exhibition, 2015


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May
12
12:00 PM12:00

Honored as "Today's Woodworker"

I feel quite honored to have been featured in the "Today's Woodworker" blog section of the Woodworkers' Journal eZine, with a profile of me and some of my work.

The article came about as the result of the editor, Joanna Takes, visiting me at the recent Northern Woods Exhibition.  However, she never introduced herself, so I didn't know I ever spoke to her.

She appreciates Shaker furniture and was interested in my Shaker Sister's Sewing Desk. 

She contacted me via email a few days after the show and asked if she could set up a phone interview with me.  We did that interview and the article resulted.

Please take a look at:  http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/ed-neu/

 

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Apr
23
to Apr 26

Northern Woods Exhibition - 2015

Where:  The Atrium - Eden Prairie Center, Eden Prairie, MN

Please stop by.  I'd like to share my latest piece of furniture with you.  It is a Shaker sewing desk.  The original is held at the Chatham, NY museum - built circa 1860.  My reproduction is in maple and cherry with white pine as the secondary wood - all native woods the Shakers would have used to build the original.

Here's a rendered drawing of it.  It's still in the construction phase...

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Nov
1
to Nov 30

Fine Woodworking Magazine Recognition

I was honored to be one of the featured contributors to the "Readers' Gallery" section of the November/December issue of Fine Woodworking Magazine.

They featured several of the award-winning entries in the 2014 Northern Woods Exhibition, including my No. 7 Mount Lebanon Shaker rocking chair, one of my "Three Bears' Chairs" I created for the Exhibition.

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Sep
13
7:00 AM07:00

Scott County Autumn Fair

It was great meeting so many wonderful people out enjoying a fine fall day in Minnesota at the Scott County Autumn Fair.  I was joined there by numerous artisans and crafts people, displaying their wares in textiles, weaving, and woodworking, and demonstrating their skills.

I took along my set of Shaker reproduction rockers and lots of small woodenware items to get the crowds interest and make a few sales.  I even set up my carving/shaving horse and worked on a couple hand-hewn small cherry bowls.

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Aug
22
11:00 AM11:00

St. Cloud Art Crawl

The Central Minnesota Woodworkers invited me to share their boot space at the 2014 Art Crawl in St. Cloud, Minnesota, on August 22.  It was a great summer afternoon.

Their club had built a couple Shaker tables as a club project, and they asked me to come along and show my Shaker rocking chairs.  I set them up, along with some of my small woodenware items and met and talked to a lot of great people out enjoying the fine fair.

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Apr
24
to Apr 27

Northern Woods Exhibition - 2014

I'm quite proud to announce I was the recipient of the 2014 "Best Traditional Piece" award at the Northern Woods Exhibition.  My winning piece was the set of three reproduction Shaker rocking chairs, shown below.  These are the "Three Bears' Chairs".

The Northern Woods Exhibition is an annual woodworking show and friendly competition sponsored by the Minnesota Woodworkers Guild. The show provides an opportunity for Guild members (and non-guild members) to present and discuss the best in high quality woodworking design and construction with fellow woodworkers and the general public. The pieces on display are more than furniture. They are works of art.

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