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Location: Forestville, CA
I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and from a very early age loved to work with wood. Also from an early age, I was fascinated by the stained glass windows seen in those days mostly in churches.
Since my two passions were fine woodworking and stained glass, a few years ago I decided to combine my woodworking and glass art, the result being pieces such as I'm doing now.
After living in Hawaii for 19 years and running a successful business there, our too-quickly-growing-up grandkids were becoming more and more a long-distance part of their lives, and it became essential that we all be closer together. After much soul-searching, in late 2011 we relocated to the beautiful California Sonoma County Redwoods, along the Russian River.
It is now January, 2016, and my woodworking shop and glass studio are in full swing. I still do some work for one Hawaii gallery, but everything else is local now. Most of my woodworking projects go to the Fulton Gallery in Fulton, CA, and are there on consignment. I also do custom order projects, and of course, furniture, doors, cabinets, and such for our home.
My woodworking shop includes all of the usual power tools that a woodworking nut accumulates over some 55 years in the business. The glass studio is a separate building behind our home and is a cozy workspace that is just big enough to accommodate a large inventory of glass, a generous work table, a glass-cutting diamond-blade bandsaw, grinder and other tools, and, of course, a great music system.
Some two years ago (2014) I got interested in that genre of furniture known as "retro-industrial." I built a few small pieces using all sorts of upcycled materials, consigned them The Fulton Gallery, and they sold immediately! So I've been doing a lot more of that, plus some Danish Modern clones and others, too. A lot of the retro-industrial pieces are built with welded iron frames, so that gave me an excuse to buy another toy: A new wirefeed welder! That's what it's all about, right? :)
I do the pieces as seen on my Web site, plus commission work, too. I'll take on residential installations of cabinets, furniture, trim, art-glass panels and also custom wood-framed, back-lighted art-glass displays.
Life is good here on “The River!”
-- Skip, Forestville, CA, http://www.retro-industrial-chic.com
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