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"I approached the design of this table as a piece of sculpture. My inspiration for the lines of the legs came from the legs of a sawhorse that I have been using as a makeshift dining table. I went through many variations before arriving at a dancer's leg and foot en pointe. The portholes through the table's top surface frame different views of the legs and supporting stretchers that change as you move around the table. The center arbiter, that joins the three stretchers, is covered with a dynamic handmade Japanese paper that adds movement. Finally, the use of the acorn nuts as fasteners is my tribute to Alexander Calder and his use of bolts and rivets as honest, but decorative connectors."
top: ebonized white oak, 42" D
legs and stretchers: Baltic birch plywood, 20" H
Limited edition, made to order. Ships within 6 weeks.
STATEMENT Over the years of making custom furniture I have found there is a quality or more correctly a presence in the pieces I've made that enhances the space they dwell in. The object could be a door or a desk--it really doesn't matter; this new entity has life in it that adds to the surroundings and to the life of its new owners. There is quality and purpose that can be touched and intuited. I've thought about this many times, and have come to realize, it is much more than the sum of the raw materials and sweat that go into an object.
BIOGRAPHY I am a furniture designer and craftsman. I've been working in eastern Iowa since the early '80's. My furniture work over the years has encompassed a large range of styles, from true antique reproductions and restoration work to my own contemporary designs. My work ethic is very much imbedded in a traditional approach to craft. Whenever possible, I use traditional joinery and time-tested technique. I also believe furniture should fulfill a function and that design much be subordinate to the purpose for which a piece is created. In my design work, I am happiest when working in a modern style. I find in contemporary forms I can express a lightness and playfulness that is part of my character. To me, furniture should add it's personality to a room; it should bring a sense of joy and celebration of life. At the risk of sounding too dramatic there is something of the maker's soul in the finished piece. Every board is selected, every joint is considered for strength and appearance, each design element is weighed, and if a discrepancy arises between drawing board and the completed project, changes are made to improve the end result. This is a quality that lasts, and it is there every time you open a cabinet door to reach for your favorite coffee mug. There is life inside.