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Woodworking Testimonials

Saturday
Mar302013

"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

Thursday
Mar212013

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

Friday
Jan182013

"Craig's work is true ART — the longer one spends in the presence of it — the deeper is the appreciation!!" — Jan

Friday
Jan182013

"Craig

"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 

Friday
Jan182013

"Very beautiful chair — 'well sculptured' :)" — Lois

Friday
Jan182013

"Very cool chair... love it" — Steve

Friday
Jan182013

"Craig — Beautiful chair! and it's form is one that comforts the eye as the body. Thank you for letting me sit in it!" — Jackie

Wednesday
Jan092013

"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

Monday
Apr302012

"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.

Sunday
Apr292012

"Craig, thank you for the time spent today discussing art, life and how passion can be expressed in many forms and materials." ― D.W.

Sunday
Apr292012

"Serenity, thoughts of Japanese work & Frank Lloyd Wright come to mind. Also, we enjoyed your book." ― F. & B.

Sunday
Apr292012

"Exquisite design & workmanship. You are quite an artist, Craig! Enjoyed meeting you and getting to know you." ― R.A.

Saturday
Apr282012

"Awesome stuff ― the more you look, the more workmanship/details/effort to appreciate!" ― B.

Saturday
Apr282012

"You have great designs. Love 'em! ― R.J.

Saturday
Apr282012

"Yours was my favorite piece. Thanks for sharing." ― E.S.

Saturday
Apr282012

"Craig, congratulations again! Another beautiful piece!" ― Jeff

Saturday
Apr282012

"Craig, it's a treasure you should keep, but I wish it were mine. I love the drawers & shelf!" ― Ellen

Friday
Apr272012

Judge's written comment from the 2012 Northern Woods Exhibition:

"Details compliment and echo in several levels. Would want this in any room where I want to feel at home." ― Judge #3

Transcript of recorded comment:

"... commenting on entry number twelve thirty-six, the Serenity cabinet. I really enjoyed this piece, it has nicely pleasing proportions overall. I enjoy the back panel echoing the front door. This inspires me to want to employ some of your ideas, some of your vision, in some of my own work at home. I love how all the details complement with small surprises. You're able to avoid having any detail speak too loudly. They all kind of whisper. It takes a good eye to pull that off and it's very well done. I just really enjoy this piece. I could see it in a number of room settings. I could see it in my workshop holding a couple of prized chisels. I could see it in a library holding a small ceramic vase. It's a beautiful object, nicely done, nicely matched grain and figured wood. Great job. One of the nicest pieces here in the show. Thank you for sharing it." ― Judge #3

Friday
Apr272012

Judge's written comment from the 2012 Northern Woods Exhibition:

"The end-grain of the doussie is beautifully exploited. The sizes and spacing of the niches or notches is very musical. Proportions and asymmetry have perfect pitch visually." ― Judge #2

Transcript of recorded comment:

"Twelve thirty-six, Serenity. I could not have picked a better title for this piece. Every square inch of it is beautifully considered: the figure; the way the panels in the front swell and move aside for these inlaid doussie end-grain squares; the way they are expressed with reveals all the way around; the different sizes of the squares and the disposition of them is, to my eye, really musical. I like the quartered figure used in the frame, the very quiet little indent that gives you access to it and the way it opens, and the way the back panel responds to the asymmetry of the front with a similar offset layout. Very delicate, very beautifully done in every one of its details; a piece that I would have been really proud to build myself.?" ― Judge #2

Friday
Apr272012

Judge's written comment from the 2012 Northern Woods Exhibition:

"Subtle details of this wall piece draw you in. Beautiful and simple design is timeless." ― Judge #1

Transcript of recorded comment:

"Number twelve thirty-six, Serenity. This piece is not only very well designed, but it's simplicity and style... it just has a classic look about it that all the judges responded to very strongly; and I think the details are well done. I think it is not only well executed, but it is so tasteful in not only its design, but the use of wood; I think it's a remarkable piece. I really do like how the hardware is hidden in so many ways, so it feels like it's just a natural box, a natural piece of wood that just seems to function very well. Very, very well done." ― Judge #1