2018 Reflections

2018 has been a big year for me. I moved to the pioneer valley, started HT Woodshop LLC, bought a house, set up a wood shop and actually made a few sales in the process! I cannot truly express how grateful I am to everyone who has supported me in this endeavor. As the year comes to a close, I am looking forward to taking a few days off to reflect on this past year and begin to dream about 2019. Here’s a little synopsis of 2018 and some of the projects I had the privilege of working on.


Nova Secratary

Restoration of this antique family heirloom from Nova Scotia. This project included repairs, a complete refinish and a few hidden gems. Read the full story here


Jewelry Case

Black walnut case, dovetails throughout, exotic Chechen drawer fronts, black velvet interior with lap jointed dividers. This project was a skill builder.


Plant Stands

These plant stands were made from leftover scraps - walnut, ash and maple. I was in love with the two tone aspect of the legs and wanted to feature that on an easily reproducible design. This project was just for fun.


The William


My favorite project from 2018! I reproduced two record cabinets from a design I had made in 2017. Box joint case construction, sliding frame-and-panel doors, dividers, two tone legs attached to the case with through wedged tenons. Both went off to live in California.

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TV Console

White oak, grain wrapped miters with hidden tenons, back slats attached with lap dovetails, small turned feet at the bottom. This was a quick and dirty project to get our TV off the floor!

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Hand Carved Sign

Carving is one of my absolute favorite ways to manipulate wood. This large outdoor sign lives at Sheldrake Point Winery and is a sister to a larger piece I made in 2015. Full story on that project here.

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Art Show

In May, my Fiddlehead Shelf was featured at MassArt, alongside many talented furniture makers from the Boston area.

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Craft Show

In June, my Meditation Lamps were featured in NBSS’ annual student and alumni show. Thank you North Bennet!


We moved in!

Seth Capista Furniture and I found our new shop space and began setting up. We bought machinery, built walls and outfitted the space. This is a work in progress!


Tool Cabinet

Large hanging cabinet for my hand tools - Maple, box joint case construction, fame-and-panel doors.


Kitchen Renovation

Griffin and I completely renovated our kitchen. New appliances, new cabinets, new tile, new electrical. Glad that’s over.


Shop Dog

Leeloo came to us in September as our second resident shop dog.


Open House

We hosted a busy open house in October where we invited community members to see our space and view some of our furniture.


Holiday Gifts

I closed out the year with some smaller items for sale. Hand turned, burned and painted Christmas tree ornaments, cherry cheese boards, rosewood handled screwdrivers and maple rolling pins.


That’s a wrap! I am still completing a few unfinished projects from 2018 that didn’t make it onto the list. Always good to have works in progress, right? I am looking forward to making more furniture in 2019! If you’d like to commission a special piece, contact me today.