Finish Carpentry

After considering a career as a woodworker the actor Daniel Day Lewis said, “If you have a certain wildness of spirit, a cabinetmaker’s workshop is not the place to express it.” While I might agree with him as it relates to handling the sharp tools of the trade I don’t necessarily believe it applies where it comes to design. Boxes are boring, and a thing can be both utilitarian and beautiful. Cabinetmaking is congenitally square, so the challenge as a builder is to be ever more creative within those confines- to think literally outside the box. Whether making use of unique woods such as wormy maple (also called ambrosia maple) or offering fresh perspectives on a classic element like an angular, folk art-style Ionic capital we should always strive for achieving something to be valued long after it has left the shop.