What kind of material do you use?
I work mostly in domestic hardwoods, but do use some more exotic woods as accents and details as well as for smaller items such as pens and wine bottle stoppers. I work mainly with cherry, walnut, maple and mahogany as my primary woods with pine and poplar mixed in as secondary woods. If you have a specific species in mind, please contact me for availability.
What kind of finish do you use?
I prefer to use natural oils and sealers whenever possible. Mass-produced furniture often goes through a heavy multi-step process to get inferior wood to look like another species. By using hand selected hardwood, I like to allow the color and the grain of the wood stand on its own, without the masking of stains.
Why does color vary from one piece to another?
Each project begins with wood selection, and as such, each batch can be slightly different. However, when building each piece, I use all the same wood from the same batch. If you want more than one piece, such as two end tables, I will build both from the same batch to ensure color quality. I use only natural oils in my finishes to bring out the natural grain and traits of the wood, versus the multi-step process big box production stores use to make one species of wood look like something else. Also, some wood, such as cherry, tend to darken over time when exposed to sunlight or just naturally on their own.
I saw an item on your site that I like, but would like to some modifications; can you do that?
Yes; please contact me and fill out some details and we can get started building your unique piece.
Do you do custom orders?
Absolutely! If you have a picture or a sketch, contact me and we can work together to make your own unique piece.