| How do you
describe the style in which you work?
My work is unique in that it is influenced by the rich
and decorative18th Century British Romantic tradition.
British rustic is unique from its more familiar American
cousin, in that its graceful lines follow nature’s
whimsy yet suggest the complexity of wrought ironwork.
What is your source
I work with a vine called Oriental Bittersweet. Oriental
Bittersweet was imported to this country from Asia in
the mid-19th Century for use as a decorative vine in the
garden. With no natural predators to keep its growth in
check, the vines took over gardens and woodlands, killing
trees and shrubs by strangulation. Now considered an invasive
weed, I am granted permits from various land trusts, The
Audubon, towns, parks and hydraulic companies to forage
their properties to help rid them of this beautiful, but
dangerous vine. In short, my work helps save our beautiful
specimen trees while recycling the vines into a functional
object of beauty. As such, my work has the distinction
of being environmentally correct.
Can the furniture
be used outdoors?
Yes. All work is treated with two coats of an oil- based
wood preservative plus a final coat of polyurethane. In
areas of severe winter weather, the pieces should be covered
with a tarp or brought indoors. Many of my clients enjoy
bringing their pieces indoors for the winter, as they
look as beautiful in a formal living room, bedroom or
garden room setting as they do in outdoors setting.
How long can I expect
a piece to last?
Like all natural wood products, rustic furniture is vulnerable
to the ravages of time and weather. I have clients who
have had outdoor pieces for 10 years, while the indoor
pieces can last a lifetime. To insure the longevity of
the work, proper maintenance is essential including an
occasional coating of wood preservative every spring.
Can I order the exact
piece as I see it on the website?
No. While no 2 pieces are exactly alike, there is a shared
design aesthetic. I enjoy working with each client to
customize size and style. Unlike many production line
crafts, these handmade one of a kind art pieces cannot
be reproduced in multiples.
If I don’t
see what I’m looking for on your site, should I
assume you do not make it?
Never! I love adding new products and I would be thrilled
to hear your ideas. I also enjoy a good design challenge.
Several of my landscape clients have come to me with a
“problem” and together we’ve come up
with some amazing solutions.