Ever wonder about the genesis of a master craftsman?
Accolades and paychecks are not guarantees for a studio furniture maker. Banging out kitchen cabinet boxes is often a more stable road to 401K’s and reliable health care. So, what motivates an individual to willingly pursue functional beauty as a profession?
This month distinguished woodworking writer, Jonathan Binzen, profiles the life of gallery member Ross Day. Day’s furniture is a marriage of utility and artistry. The article looks beyond the physical and into the “creative force” behind the work; exploring connections to Sculptor James Washington, furniture makerJames Krenov, and the Northwest Studio Furniture community. Anyone who has an interest in studio craft or the fine arts will enjoy this read.
Autumn brings two premier events to the West Coast annually. But, the centennial of the Gamble House — Greene & Greene’s ultimate Arts & Crafts masterpiece — makes this year’s happenings particularly notable. Whether filling your home or your mind, there is something for every admirer of fine craft. Bungalow tours, lectures, antiques, reproductions, and modern interpretations of Craftsman basics are all available for public consumption. Visit the Seattle Bungalow Fair at Town Hall September 27th-28th, or attend the Craftsman Weekend held in Pasadena October 17-19th.
Northwest Fine Woodworking Gallery goers will recognize the inspiration of the Arts & Crafts Movement in many of our gallery offerings. But, if it’s Greene & Greene you love, look no further than Tom Stangeland’s modern interpretations of classic Greene & Greene designs. Stangeland was recently mentioned in “The Seattle Times” for his contributions to the strong Craftsman tradition of the Pacific Northwest. His work will feature in both West Coast events this Autumn. Seattle-based craftsman Darrel Peart’s lecture on September 28th, as part of the Bungalow Fair, will highlight some of Stangeland’s contributions; showcasing Northwest connections with Greene & Greene. Of course, if you want to meet Tom in person he will be an exhibitor at Pasadena Craftsman Weekend in October. Head out into the brisk air for some fine Craftsman appreciation if you’re able, or come into the gallery anytime to get an up close look at the exquisite Craftsman influence in your own backyard.
When we have a new show opening at the gallery, it’s always exciting, but Meet Your Maker opening this week is really special.This show will truly will be interactive, allowing the general public a special glimpse into the world of studio furniture and the talented individuals who create it. There will be opportunities tomeet the makers at the opening on September 4th, as well as scheduled events at the gallery and free studio tours at the individual woodworker’s shops. If you are in Seattle, don’t miss this once in a lifetime chance to see where some of our fabulous furniture comes from.-NV