Clients

“Craig designed and constructed an accent table for us.  What a pleasure it is to work with Craig, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the finished table.  It is a work of art that fits the space beautifully.  The clean lines and subtle curves are just what we were looking for.  We always point out the special design touches that Craig incorporated in the table and the reactions are always the same…”Wow, where did you get this table?”  From start to finish, Craig’s artistry and pride in fine craftsmanship are evident for all to see.”

― Client

"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

"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