I have been involved in woodworking since I was in grade school. I remember stealing into my dad's toolshed. He left the key above the door! I had constructed a crude bench on the floor, just like the japanese craftsman. I was making basic boats to take to the city park lagoon. Didn't pay attention to time. Got caught. he said "I will give you your own tools, if you promise to stay out of mine." I agreed with my fingers crossed behind my back. So, he cleaned out the front of the basement where there was a bench! Set up a bare bulb light, gave me the basic hand tools and showed me the proper way to use them.
Interest in electronics and wanting a stereo system I built kits, and designed my own cabinets. My uncle and dad had collected knotty pine crates from WWII, as that was better than they could buy. Still have a piece of that today.
I am inspired by James Krenov's feel for wood. I love the japanese discipline and artistry. My hero's have been self indulgent buttheads like Frank Lloyd Wright. although intellectually I love the designs, The comfort is non existant. I like the old integrating with new. I do differentiate between art and function, although I have found some artisans that integrate both. Just discovered Wharton Esherick.
I'm a tree hugger and recognize we would't be here without them. Like Nakashima, I believe we need to respect and revere them in our work.
I read alot, maybe too much, and I have information. I can build you a house from scratch, wire and plumb it, but I really want to build you a unique, functional piece of furniture. My studio/shop is built, and it now has a furnace and a window ac. Just have to get all my tools out of their boxes, and make my thoughts a reality. LOL
-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher