I have been strongly influenced by the philosophies and design tenants of the Arts and Crafts movement. My design focus reflects the mission theme with a somewhat overbuilt quality influenced from the furniture in the castles of northern Europe blended together with Danish and slight oriental overtones. I am inspired to produce a heirloom quality furniture product that will endure long after my life is over.
Development of standard designs are done at the rate of approximately 3 per year to augment a design line I refer to as New Mission. I endeavor to meet nearly every furniture need for home and office, including lamps with a special interest in seating. Sturdy, grounded, well executed yet visually sensuous.
All my furniture is bench made one piece at a time from rough, usually black cherry hardwood lumber. I utilize a mixture of old world furniture joinery techniques blended with some modern day methods. Finishes are applied by hand and rubbed out several times using a mixture of tung oil and polyurethane. Upholstery is organic in nature, usually a thickly woven fabric, but more lately leathers.
All designs are original. D.B.A. for 27 years as Underbark Furniture. Graduate London College of Furniture 1974, recipient of design scholarship Kirby Studios, North Bennington, Vermont 1981. Hopefully, these images do justice to the workmanship and the direction of my design.