Love Letters

Xylos Gallery Move-in

Xylos Gallery

At the 2010 Northern Woods Exhibition, I met a great group of woodworkers who inspired me to apply for partnership in Xylos, a cooperative gallery of fine woodwork in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Since "making the cut" and signing-on this month as one of eleven partners, it's been a busy time of learning the ropes and preparing pieces for exhibit on the gallery floor.

Making the Yellow Birch Letter Box

Rough Milled Parts

Now that I've returned to the studio after attending the exhibition in Toronto, I feel like it's time to clean-up the place and get back to work. Part of that clean-up is showing you a bit about the making of the Yellow Birch Letter Box that I first showed at the 50 Artists on 50th Art Sale in Minneapolis in April. This was a fun project. The rough milled yellow birch stock you see below came from a 330+ year old tree that was recently recovered from the watery depths where it sank after being felled over 150 years ago. The straight, closely-spaced grain lines, I thought, would look great wrapping around this dovetailed box.

Toronto - Slow Furniture Studio

Do you have a special connection with fine furniture? Will you be in Toronto on June 12th-13th? Please join us as we gather with other furniture makers from Japan, Canada and the U.S. for a joint exhibition of our work. I'll be presenting my Building a Mystery buffet cabinet, Serenity wall cabinet and Love Letters box, and would enjoy talking furniture with you at Saturday's reception. Over the years, we have enjoyed the work of many of these talented artists and can't wait to see what exciting new pieces they will bring to Toronto! Here's the official announcement from Slow Furniture Studio:

Slow Furniture Studio

The Slow Furniture Studio will be holding its annual exhibition in Toronto on the weekend of June 12-13th at the Arta Gallery in Toronto's distillery district. The show will bring together the work of some of North America's most noted craftsmen specializing in hand-made furniture. Event details, artist bios and images of pieces can be seen at

In addition to the show, everyone is invited to attend a reception at the gallery on June 12th beginning at 7pm. Hope to see you there.

If you like to talk furniture, this is the place to be!