A curiosity for the handmade
The first projects were furnishings for my own home—furniture that I couldn’t find in any mainstream shop. I wanted my furniture to be built solid, aesthetically simple and classic, yet economical. Early on, I worked during the day as a graphic designer and would spend every moment outside of work researching, collecting ideas, and constantly sketching furniture and wood objects. I had a perpetual urge to get away from the computer and create something substantial with my hands.
Growing up, my dad was a self-employed contractor who built outdoor structures out of redwood. He had a garage workshop and the smell of sawn lumber was pervasive. He made our furniture, toys, forts, beds and skateboards. My dad instilled in me a “we can build that” ethos that motivates my curiosity for made objects.
Studio Hewn continues to evolve and explore other approaches of working with wood. My focus is carving wood into small-, medium- and large-format sculptures. As I am invariably observing, absorbing, studying, practicing and growing, Studio Hewn will continue to broaden and develop.