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Brian Boggs







Artist's Statement

It’s been my goal from the start: to take a tree apart by hand and put it back together into a form that beckons you to sit down. I want to connect you to the trees. Walking around my workshop, I feel the inspiration surrounding me: Trees milled and dried, ready to be used. Your human body with its quirks and yen for comfort. My craftsmanship advances with each piece of furniture I build. I constantly experiment with ways to make my joinery stronger while allowing for more fluid forms. With the human body in my mind, I tweak each design to improve ergonomics. Innovation solves engineering challenges created as my design aesthetic evolves. Our role as a company is to hold a 30,000-year perspective of furniture-making, master the craft, train our employees, and stretch the envelope of what that history will be. My dedication to the business of my art means that I spend time developing techniques to make the building process simpler and more easily communicated with my skilled craftsman. My designs and techniques create true works of functional art. These pieces have been tested by time as well as structurally tested in our shop. This furniture is an heirloom, beautiful yet built to be used and last through the lives of your descendants. My perspective evolved through reading James Krenov’s The Fine Art of Cabinet Making and progressed within Make a Chair from a Tree by John Alexander. Combining Alexander’s sensitivity to his materials with the mastery of the tools of Krenov, I commune with the wood while adding an organic understanding of my clients’ needs. I want you to sit on my chairs, lean on my tables, and work at my desks. For me, your use is intrinsic to the design. The best way that I can describe my furniture is that they are my best effort to employ a tree’s integrity to the service of human comfort.

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