"Working with Craig designing my George Nakishima inspired black walnut desk was akin to a meditative journey with a zen master. Craig lead me through from concept design through completion with the skills of a master craftsman and patience of a saint. Craig was able to turn my nebulous idea into a piece of art. He kept me informed and involved every step of the way. And, the project was finished as originally budgeted. I can only hope that the work that I get done on my desk is as inspired as the desk! It will be a family heirloom for many years to come." — Louise M. Segreto
"I saw Craig's presentation and his two chairs at a MN Woodworkers Guild meeting in March, 2013. I have never seen such finesse, such a high degree of difficulty in furniture design and construction, carried out so well. I am amazed. — Ronald Corradin
Regarding Craig's chair making presentation to the March meeting of the Minnesota Woodworkers Guild:
"Hi Craig, I've been to a lot of MWG meetings in the past 22 years, and I have to say that last nights meeting ranked near the top. In fact I can't think of any meeting that I enjoyed more! Your chairs are immaculate. Your meeting preparation and delivery were excellent. Congratulations."
— Rich Gotz
"This chair is a work of art —
a pure piece of pleasure!
"It is beautiful to look at,
its balance is music
"The weave on the seat
makes one feel safe
"But the best of all —
the very very best of all is...
"How it feels in the
palm of your hand!" — Becky
"The wood is no longer growing in soil, but the Jeffersonian Book Stand is growing a story that will continue for generations." ― Client
In recognition of the piece's first anniversary, the client further comments on its meaning:
"The Story Begins...
"The confluence of function, form, history, and ancestry in a single heirloom is a rare gift. An initial request for a hand-crafted addition to my library grew unexpectedly into a treasure for generations.
"The Jeffersonian Book Stand is an early 18th Century multitasking research tool holding up to five open books simultaneously.
"Craig applied his skill and pulled from function, a work of art. I hear the verse from Simon & Garfunkel's 1968 song Scarborough Fair:
...without a seam or fine, needle work...
"The song references a cambric shirt and like soft cloth, the finished wood is as pleasing to the touch. His artistry lead fingertips to deny the seams visible to the eye.
"The history invoked is the intellectual traditions of Jefferson's Life of the Mind made more accessible with the Book Stand's unique function.
"The piece is reminiscent of a genealogical tree. The adjustable shelves are branches; and the books, leaves. I have two family branches from the early 1500s in England. With names and locations as an anchor I can hold one finger on England, and with a quarter-turn of the globe, mark the location in North America near Lake Superior and remark,
While Robert Wright with Mary Green in Essex and Thomas Greswold with Alice Parker in Warwickshire were all children, 4000 miles away a yellow birch emerged from the soil of an old growth forest.
"Every time I see my Folio Ambo I notice its base and recall ancestors from the trunk of my family tree.
"My expectations were surpassed by Craig's artistry. I am most pleased by the Jeffersonian book stand, its beauty, soft touch, and the associations growing from its heartwood." ― Client
"I forgot to write in your book at the show, but simply wanted to pass along my admiration of the kind of work you do. I'm inspired. Craftsmanship like yours, as well as your approach to woodworking is precisely the reason I recently joined the guild. I look forward to seeing you and your work at upcoming events." ― D.