Start to Finish
All projects start with an idea. My visual aesthetic is inspired by plants, architecture, patterns, and symmetry. Sometimes I’m inspired by learning new techniques that I haven’t tried before. Sometimes I find antique furniture and take note of its modest proportions and delicate simplicity. And there’s nothing quite as inspiring as collections of items that pile up in your home and need to find a place to go. In my experience, finding inspiration is a process of getting to know yourself and being aware of your surroundings.
Collaboration + Feedback
Whether I’m designing a piece of furniture for a client or for my bedroom, I find that collaboration and feedback is a big part of the design process. What am I collaborating with? Sometimes it’s a person, an idea, material or specific object. Being open to outside influence is important because it allows you to let go of your assumptions and eagerness, and follow where the process wants to take you.
Drawings + Models
I make small quick sketches in my notebook to capture the essence of an idea. Then, I'll go back and develop the drawings that really speak to me. Sometimes I make small-scale models to help me visualize the proportions and target any problems. This whole process helps me familiarize myself with measurements, materials, and building techniques before stepping into the machine room.
I source my wood from a few small lumber yards around New England, and I hand select every board for quality. I prefer to work with hardwoods that are harvested in North America, as close to home as possible. I try to stay away from supporting the big box companies, and instead source the majority of my materials from specialty woodworking stores, local hardware stores, and fine art stores.
From my drawings, I make a cut-lists and building instructions that serve as my roadmap. Keeping in mind grain direction and overall aesthetics, the material is milled to the proper thickness, ripped to width and cut to length. From there, I begin cutting joinery, which can manifest itself in many ways: sawing, shaping, drilling, routing, chiseling, turning, etc. Components are then glued together and ready for finish.
Finishing is its own art form and punishment. Time-consuming, challenging to perfect and easy to mess up. I give myself ample time for this process and sample products and techniques before committing to the real deal. The piece is prepped with delicate and thorough sanding, and finish is applied in multiple coats by hand, intermittent with more sanding between layers. The final step is to use a healthy amount of wax and buff to a silky smooth finish.