After seven and a half years working with stocks and bonds at a desk, I made a change. I entered a new world of design and craftsmanship and challenge. I spent a year in Devon, England at a school for fine furniture makers where they taught me about 0.25mm tolerances and exacting precision that I never knew existed in the world of wood working. Oh, along with some great phrases such as “when in doubt, give it a clout.” This phrase applied to one of my projects which resulted in a large chunk of wood being shattered and me spending the following week repairing my mistake.
At the end of my year abroad, I returned to the states to find myself in a workshop in Hoboken, New Jersey. Yes, to me it did sound like an odd place to find fine furniture but I was quickly acquainted with my coworkers who turned out to be master craftsmen and world famous furniture designers… the learning continues. I couldn’t have been more fortunate to be working alongside these supremely talented fellows, however, it is the learning curve that has me most excited. I find that every day I am either learning from my mistakes (that they happily point out, as one noted early on, “we’ll only be able to tell you about your mistakes once you’ve made them”), or I am gaining invaluable insight into any of the myriad aspects of furniture making.
I spent five years in Hoboken, making pieces for Kalle Fauset, of Moss Fauset woodworking. Moss Fauset has 20+ years of experience making high end residential furniture for top clients in the New York City area.
In 2014, I moved to Oakland, California to open up my own shop to share with other talented woodworkers and designers.
I hope you enjoy the work.