I believe my craftsmanship is a direct reflection of my character.
I strive to do my best to build the best piece of furniture I can. From design considerations, to building, to finishing, my goal is to be unsurpassed in quality.
I hand select all my lumber for color and texture. I believe the wood itself is one of the most important design features in a well-crafted piece of furniture. As a furniture maker, I am blessed to bring out the beauty for other people to see in one of God's amazing creations.
I use time tested traditional joinery in all of my pieces (mortise and tenon, dovetail, sliding dovetail, and more). I use hand tools quite a bit, but also make use of modern machinery and building techniques to greatly speed up some processes and add precision to some operations. I would be happy to hand cut all of the dovetails for my drawers and cases, but the labor involved sometimes necessitates the need to employ a precision router and jig. The aesthetic may be different, but the end result is just as strong and precise. I have been asked to hand cut joinery and the character gained can make the extra labor worthwhile.
I hand finish all my pieces. The wood is painstakingly prepared for the finish. I then hand apply the finish to bring out the figure and beauty in the wood as well as leave a satin feel. On the majority of my furniture pieces, I use a top quality satin oil polyurethane finish. The oil absorbs deep into the wood to highlight the grain. The finish is also quite hard and seals the wood very well to provide excellent protection from liquids, heat and scratches. It is a bit finicky to apply and must be smoothed between coats to achieve the silky smooth finish, but I think the effort is worthwhile.
I also use traditional oil finishes, waxes and the like. I feel confident I could achieve just about any finish or feel you are looking for.