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As an independent furniture maker, Zach has been influenced by the simplicity and excellence he sees in Japanese furniture, the aesthetic of the mid-century modern movement, and the philosophy of James Krenov and George Nakashima. With time, he aims to honor the craft by making furniture that is simple, excellent, and personal in nature. His intention with each piece is to tell a story with the wood as he makes furniture that will last for generations.
We are very selective when it comes to our lumber. For most of our work, we use solid hardwoods, more specifically, black walnut, cherry, and white oak. With a value for quality, we source most of our lumber from specific mills. For example, we like to get our walnut from a family-run sawmill in northern Pennsylvania where we will purchase the lumber and they will ship it to us. We also on occasion will mill our own lumber which will then be accompanied with a year or two of air-drying outside the shop before it can be worked. Whenever we build a piece of furniture, we will usually bring the wood in the shop weeks before we start working it so it can acclimatize to the environment. Since solid hardwoods move, it is our goal to minimize that movement as much as possible. For that reason, we have a dehumidifier so we are able to control the humidity of the shop to best fit the room where that piece of furniture will live.
"he who works with his hands is a laborer. he who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. he who works with his hands, his head, and his heart is an artist."
-St. Francis of Assisi
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