I design and build rustic furniture that is artistic yet functional using ethically sourced live-edge wood. My studio is in Nashville, TN, where I live with my wife. As a self-made furniture maker, my style has evolved from a log to natural wood. My products are in homes, businesses, and galleries around the globe. Although I build one-of-a-kind pieces found in exhibits, much of my work is custom-designed for specific spaces that meet clients’ needs. Through this approach, I find satisfaction in my work through quiet planning/contemplative times. With the backdrop of a complex sunrise or sunset, I explore whatever is around the corner, including majestic trees, wide-open plains, or a peaceful flowing river. Fishing in a mountain stream long walks, and quality time with my wife inspires much of my work.
What is rustic furniture? Rustic furniture usually serves a simple and practical purpose, but it becomes art when the wood is a medium that speaks or communicates beauty and emotion to its beneficiary. I derive great pleasure from making that happen! My designs are simple and functional artistic rustic pieces. Using materials discarded in nature or dead standing, my work is environmentally responsible, thus contributing to a sustainable future for all to enjoy.
Functional rustic furniture
Commissioned custom furniture can seem daunting, but it is easy. The steps are the same, whether over the internet or in person, and entail a few essential questions.
- What is the function of the piece?
- Where will the piece live regarding size and space?
- What unique composites need to be incorporated?
Once I know the answers to these questions through pictures or a visit to the site, I start the conceptual design. The process is often a back-and-forth until the perfect design emerges. The fun begins as I select the perfect live edge wood slab(s) and other materials. There is an adventure in crafting a piece of beautiful live edge furniture, from raw/unfinished parts to a finished product installed in its home or office.
I began this journey in 2000 without any training. My work is constantly evolving, even today, as I explore what lies ahead in anticipation of new horizons.