One of a set of three variations on a theme, this bowfront cabinet is an exploration in straight lines transitioning to soft, pleasing curves.
Lower and wider than Three Twins No. 1, the second in the series was customized to fit a client’s space. The ocean-themed engravings evoke childhood memories of summers in New England.
Another variation, but a bit bolder in concept. No. 3 is the same height and leg shape as the first version, but with an asymmetrical shape—a concave front with one straight, short side and one curved, longer side. The walnut veneers, from the far bottom of the tree’s stump, have so much drama!
The artful integration of metal and wood form the basis of my work. This piece expands that focus to include cast bronze, a material that has intrigued me for years. The glowing golden brown cabinet, of thick old-stock Narra veneer, sits atop bronze legs. The concave front opens to a light, clean Swiss pear and Narra interior offering banks of drawers and hanging shelves. An intricate engraving of a New England seascape graces the escutcheon plate.
Living near the sea, I am fascinated by tide pools and the microcosms of life they hold. Inspired by the ribboned, seaweed-like grain of the mahogany, I engraved a scene from one of these pools: periwinkles among the rockweed, a beautiful and common sight on the New England coast. Curved Cuban mahogany doors open to reveal a concave row of three suspended interior drawers, each graced with an engraved nickel silver pull.
Two cabinets in one are tied together in a bowfront walnut composition. The darker, more serious lower section is united with the sculptural upper cabinet by long, tapering faceted legs.
This low cabinet is cloaked in a tapestry of rich exotic walnut. Amazing in figure and pattern, the pieces were discovered in a long-held cache of rare, old veneers. Composing with them was a rewarding process. The stand, of pau ferro, completes the reference to Ming Dynasty forms.
This set features the subtle interplay of convex and concave curves. The client gave me a great deal of freedom with the design; I created two curved panels on the front of the standing cabinet, carefully choosing and coopering the pieces of figured air-dried walnut. The dark wenge bases anchor and unite the pieces.
This dresser of traditional design features a figured cherry top and case, laurel burl drawer fronts, and maple stringing. Drawers are lined with fragrant sassafrass. Although a departure from my usual design style, this piece was an interesting challenge and happily met the clients' expectations.
This sculptural piece was inspired by James Krenov's experiments with door panels that seemed to spring out of their frames. I created a walnut panel that visually floats, curving delicately around the mullion like a sheet of paper.
A cabinet on a stand in contrasting planks of pear. Curved front and back with a concave drawer gallery and shop-made silver hinges. This piece was featured in Home Furniture magazine and the Taunton Press publication In the Modern Style. It is now home to an antique cufflink collection.
A slight curve of the plinth apron gives lift to this cherry cabinet with raised octagonal panels. It is an elegant storage solution for a client's audio equipment.
A faceted-front cabinet that brings together the design sensibilities of Barnsley and Krenov. I was intrigued by the challenge of using coarser woods to make a refined piece.
A showcase on a case with subtle curves. Hickory, though stubborn to work with, has tremendous depth of color and textural variation. The brass hinges and engraved brass key are shop made. Featured in the book With Wakened Hands, this cabinet houses a collection of antiquarian and artist's books.