Musings on using the ash trees that have been claimed by the beetle
How long have you been a woodworker?
ROUGHLY 15 YEARS, before that I studied Literature, worked odd jobs, little bit of journalism
What does the craft do for your soul?
I suppose it gets a chance to express itself, but also invigorates me/
What does the craft do for your brain?
It is a constant learning process and a lot of good comes from that.
How does your craft inform your feelings about sustainability & land stewardship?
It gives me a place put those feelings to work and to demonstrate that the principals can work.
What has woodworking taught you about life? What has life taught you about woodworking?
Getting past the first few hurdles of a project can be very intimidating, but great plans/designs can come from unlikely places. its really important to build with a pace that allows for reflection and refinement.
What is GrayWorks design?
IT IS A BRAND, BUT MORE THAN THAT IT IS A DISTINCT APPROACH FROM WHICH THE CLIENTS’ SPECIFICATIONS ARE INTERPRETED AND INTEGRATED WITH THEIR AESTHETIC AND PHILOSOPHICAL POINTS OF VIEW
What services do you offer?
A FULL RANGE: FROM JUST PLANNING TO COMPLETE EXECUTION OF ALMOST ANYTHING BUILT OUT OF WOOD or stone.
What do you bring to the table that the average woodworker doesn’t?
I AM WILLING AND ABLE TO WORK WITH MATERIALS TAKEN DIRECTLY FROM THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT. MY CURIOSITY AND DESIRE TO TAKE ON CHALLENGING PROJECTS. I am able to work on multiple scales, assembling, leading, and working alongside teams to meet challenges.
Describe some of the smells, touches, sounds and sights of your work and what feelings they evoke.
A TYPICAL DAY IN THE WOODSHOP INVOLVES A LOT OF DRESSING DOWN OF MATERIAL. AS A BOARD GETS PROCESSED IT REVEALS ITS STRUCTURE AND THIS INFORMS THE CHOICES THAT FOLLOW. AS THIS HAPPENS ALL OF MY SENSES ARE ENGAGED.
What part of you work gives you a sense of pride? Why?
THERE ARE LOTS OF MOMENTS THROUGHOUT THE DAY THAT CAN BE SELF-AFFIRMING. NOTHING BEATS COMPLETING A DESIGN THOUGH.
What press have you had? Which are you most proud of?
Its been amazing the way that etsy has helped get the word out about my products. The Footed Platte has been seen on Opera, in Dwell magazine and Martha Stewart Living. Aprtment Therapy, The Kitchen, and numerous blogs. Over the past year I’ve started an exclusive line for Calvin Klein.
What are you looking for in a client?
The most important thing is that they value and respect custom work. I prefer clients that really care about where the materials for their project come from. I want clients that understand the difference between artisans and larger scale producers..