Yesterday, I enjoyed an afternoon of getting to know a fellow lumberjock, “Kev”, otherwise known as Kevin Larcom from Wichita. He has a design for a Thorsen Table Challenge project, but didn’t have any wood. So, I set him up with some walnut and maple. I’m anxious to see how it comes together by the end of the Month.
I loaned him my Sam Maloof, George Nakashima, Mira Nakashima, and Krenov books, so look out world, he can’t help but motivated to make dust now.
It was nice to get to know him better, and learn about where he thinks life is taking him. He is a talented young woodworker, with all of the skill and passion to be a full-time heirloom studio furniture maker if he chooses to head that direction. The easier money of working on kitchen cabinets is hard to ignore for a guy wanting to support his young family. Studio Furniture making is a harder path. How’s that for encouragement? I will enjoy watching things develop for him over the years.
So, if you want to get in on the ground floor of a guy’s studio furniture career, start collecting “Larcom” pieces now! We worked on some marketing ideas for his Wine Rack, so place your orders soon, I think he is going to be a busy guy.
This visit was my second Lumberjock to come to my shop and spend some time. Who’s next??? I look forward to finding out.
-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com