-Custom Furniture: design/build
-Design Consultation: Furniture, interiors, Permaculture, sustainability.
-Woodwright Service: Repair, refinishing, refurbishing, re-purposing, fabrication, and design of all manner of wooden objects. Including but not limited to: furniture, light cabinetry, interior woodwork, musical instruments, antiques, prototypes, toys, displays, fixtures, etc.
I can do the stuff the other guys won't!
-Carpentry: I specialize in unique and creative small spaces, with handcrafted charm. I have remodeling experience and I am also familiar with many natural building techniques and can advise you in that regard.
-Call 530-859-6004 or email: email@example.com
-The Money Thing: Depending on the nature of the work , it will either be time and materials for a reasonable hourly rate, or when appropriate, a set price.
My primary goal with this venture is not to get rich. Truly my aim is to use my skills to provide a service to the community, but of course I still need to support my family. We have humble needs, and you can be sure that I will always give you good deal, because that is my nature.
I want everyone to be able to afford get the service they need. I am willing to discuss trade or barter ideas, and I can tailor the level of build quality to fit any budget. Materials choices and finishes also affect the final cost of a project. Perhaps you would like to save money by doing the finishing yourself? I am open to many possibilities.
Integrity and honesty really still mean something to me, and I take my reputation very seriously. I will not rest until I know you are satisfied. Your happiness is more important to me than money. There are other people out there with similar offerings, but few that can match my knowledge of sustainability, art and design, and most importantly how those three can be brought into harmony.
After studying architecture for 5 years at the University of Detroit, I decided to get more "hands on" and moved to Minnesota to study at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, graduating with a BFA in Furniture Design in 1998.
Since then my craftsman's journey has taken me along many diverse and yet convergent paths. From studying sculpture and installation art at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughn, Ireland, to becoming a Certified Permaculture Consultant on Orcas Island in Puget Sound, the main themes have always been sustainability, a reverence for wood and the marriage of Art and Craft. I have lived in Germany for more than 4 years and after many thousands of miles touring North America as a little growing family in a camper van I landed 6 years ago near beautiful Mt. Shasta, California where I live with my my wife and three children on a little micro-homestead on the edge of the wilderness. I have had the privilege of teaching 5th, 6th and 7th grade woodworking classes at a local Waldorf School, and have spent the last 3+ years as production manager for the Mobius Megatar company where I have personally hand built over 200 custom guitars. My explorations of craft are never ending and projects range from simple children's toys, to lighting, furniture, sculpture, musical instruments and a variety of building projects including off-grid property development in the Mt. Shasta area.
While studying at MCAD I worked for an importer of antiques from around the world, which is where I became fascinated and well acquainted with the vocabulary of forms and techniques employed by native artisans from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The simple and honest craftsmanship of a primitive African stool or even a highly refined antique Japanese Tansu chest, expresses something timeless, something so rich and expressive of the human experience that is lost in today's highly mechanized, ultra-modern designs. Furthermore my time spent living in Europe has imbued me with a love of the timeless charm of the folk art and architecture of Europe. When it comes to custom furniture, or any of the other things I do, I design with the intention of expressing some of the integrity and timelessness of the materials and techniques used. I like to explore unique and non-traditional methods of joinery, such as lashing or tying, worked in harmony with beautiful materials and fine craftsmanship. Each piece is a work of functional art, which not only functions well, and looks beautiful, but it also expresses something unique to the materials, the process, or the inspiration that gives the work a deeper dimension.
In everything I do I try to express simplicity, beauty, sustainability, and a subtle timelessness. I take great care when I build things because I understand the responsibility of creation in a finite world. As a designer and builder of objects and places I strive to be conscious of the long term effects of my actions , on not just the humans, but on the community and the world.
About Sustainable Design:
As a certified Permaculture Designer since 1994, I have been studying all things "sustainable" for pretty much of my adult life. From locally milled or reclaimed woods, recycled or re-purposed materials, to completely non-toxic finishes; I can help you understand how the choices you make in your project or life affect the broader natural and cultural landscape. I am willing and able to work together to achieve any level of sustainability that you feel comfortable with.
I believe strongly that our life on earth is a perfect gift. I endeavor to expand awareness of the effect that the choices we make everyday have on our precious natural systems, and ultimately on not only our own well being but that of future generations as well.
If everyone was striving in this way with his or her designs, processes, and choices then we could all enjoy, without regret, the rare privilege of this life and the wide range of wonders it has to offer.
My shop is heated by a wood stove that burns scraps.
I purchase renewable energy credits to offset the energy used in my shop.
I can source locally milled woods that are sustainably harvested when appropriate.
I have access to reclaimed woods.
I can provide milling service.
I use non-toxic finishes.
I practice the 3-R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
and so much more!
This is a paragraph written by Mickie Mueller that sums it up:
The Greenman is commonly seen as garden ornaments, and architectual detail throughout the ages. His lovely leafy countenance is a recurring theme in medieval art and decoration. You will even see him decorating many old churches and cathedrals. But the origins of Greenman are very deep and far reaching. He is a representation of the spirit of nature, of the forest and of the growing seasons. He is also known as Jack-in-the-Green, or The Man in the Oak. His spirit protects the trees and growing things in wild places. Greenman is the joyous and laughing God of growth and woods. Greenman is an excellent spirit to call upon for assistance when you are looking for prosperity and abundance. He also represents renewal and the endless ability for life to find a way. When you spy some green leaves pushing their way through cracks in the concrete, this is the strength of Greenman at work. When you are walking in the woods, you may spy him, if for only an instant peering through the trees at you. Look again, no, it`s only the leaves moving just right...or is it? I have seen him many times in my minds eye while spending time in wild places. You will know he is there by the warm safe feeling you will feel, as long as you are showing respect for his realm.