"Taking Time".   American elm. Cold bent, sawn and coopered curves.   43"L x 53"H x 34" W. 

We sat out in the backyard for hours in these chairs, into the dusky evening, watching the fireflies and the Northern Lights. In today's busyness, sitting around outside with family and friends is a vanishing cultural phenomenon. The time to acknowledge each other, to be at peace together, is scarce. The shape of this chair brings back an old feeling of well being, while the structure provides a level of comfort unknown in those old Adirondack chairs.  ”Taking Time” adds my voice to a beloved American original, representing a fading way of life, fashioned from a vanishing American hardwood, Ulmus americana. The wood came from a 110 year old tree taken down in Lewiston, Idaho.                                                                                                                     

"Mackintosh Elements".   White oak, Italian leather.   17"L x 17"W x 35"H             

I remember my Grandmother once put me into this huge chair in the corner of her dining room. I tucked my feet under me and sat there like a little king. For years after, I would think of her big smile and that enormous chair, and how it all made me feel so important. Later I learned it was a Mackintosh, and when I saw his body of work, was completely taken by it. The high backs of his chairs provide an intimacy at the table, but do not fit most modern spaces and lifestyles. These two designs invoke some of his essential details but make the chairs more relevant and comfortable in contemporary home life.  I harvested the oak from a yard tree in Walla Walla, Washington.