My Philosophy

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At Heritage Woodworks I am striving for more than an assembly-line production style that allows me to mass produce my pieces.  Certainly I will make every reasonable effort to produce my pieces in a timely and efficient manner, but my goal is perfection on an individual level.  James Krenov, perhaps one of the most iconic woodworkers of the past century once stated that a piece of furniture is like an extension of its maker, and that to the careful eye there should be fingerprints of the maker on it.  It is my goal to leave individual fingerprints on everything I make.  There should be a warmth, an individuality, a connection that happens when you rub a piece of wood and realize that the board you are touching started out as a local tree that I milled, dried, shaped, sanded and finished entirely by myself, wiping out an army of middle men.  I was the first human to ever see the grain pattern expressed on the board that became your piece of furniture, and I chose which patterns and colors would correspond best to each other.  I will try to produce quickly, consistently, and efficiently, but if I have lost the individuality of each piece then the question must be asked at what cost I have accomplished the production of a piece. If it is at the expense of the ability to recognize the individual beauty of each piece then I have failed indeed.  It is my hope that when you touch a piece constructed by Heritage Woodworks you will be able to identify the fingerprints. May you look at my pieces and recognize that what you are touching was not made by the millions, that it is something built with more of an aim than to finish a shift, that it is constructed with care because I believe that that is the best, if not indeed the only way to construct pieces that will last a lifetime.