- Iʼm excited by the natural qualities of materials: the record of life seen in the grain of wood, its variety of colors, its visual depth, its welcoming of the hand; by the surface of copper reacting to every touch; by the ability of aluminum to capture the mark of every tool used to shape it. I like the qualities these and other materials bring to the function of a piece. I like the fact that structure and joinery can be used to enhance the lines of a piece and add excitement and depth. I like starting with a traditional form, playing with it, maybe adding a contemporary sensibility to it, using materials perhaps not traditionally available. And sometime I just like a purity of form that comments on itself, its function, and the space it occupies.
Scott Wynn brings a lifetime of involvement in craft, art, design, and the practice of building to his work. A third generation craftsman, he began his training in drawing and painting at the age of 8, and as well, demonstrated an early aptitude for building things in his fatherʼs workshop. As a result, he eventually studied architecture— that perfect synthesis of art and building — graduating from the University of Cincinnati in 1973.
He has worked nearly continually in craft since high school. In college, he taught himself how to make musical instruments and sold his second guitar. He developed an interest in ceramics and worked for a few years after graduation as a professional potter. His interest in furniture was first piqued in college and he has maintained a professional shop providing furniture, cabinetry, and woodcarving since 1976.
Scott has been a licensed builder since 1978 and a licensed Architect since 1983. While he has also has a broad base of experience in building, millwork, and period restoration, he now focuses on custom woodwork and furniture, limited production furniture, and architectural design.
He has exhibited his furniture in and around his home base of San Francisco, as well as in Michigan, Ohio, and Hawaii.
Scott has written eight articles on the craft of Woodworking for Fine Woodworking, Fine Homebuilding and Woodwork magazines. Most recently Scott Wynn wrote and illustrated the newly published book Woodworker's Guide to Handplanes (2010).