I make each piece by hand, just for the owner. I specialize in modern interpretations of the Arts and Crafts furniture built 100 years ago. Elements such as vertical lines, square motifs, corbels and broad, over-hanging tops are evident in my work. My designs showcase many wonderful features depending on the piece: dovetail joints, cast brass hardware, inlays and accents. I use woods like Cherry, Maple, Spalted Maple, Walnut, Bubinga, and White Oak, and frequently combine woods. All my pieces get a serious hand-rubbed oil finish to ensure long-lasting beauty.

White Oak is the only species I stain. I do this to replicate the look the early Arts and Crafts craftsmen used to get by “fuming” the wood with ammonia. Doing this highlights the medulary rays that are produced by quarter sawing the log.

Here are a few questions that come up from time to time from my many customers, and from folks I meet at art fairs. Please let me know if there is anything else I can answer for you.

Yes, I have a small showroom in my workshop, located in a beautiful rural setting in South Central Wisconsin. Open by appointment. You can find my contact info and directions on my Contact page.

Over the years, I have developed a line of fairly “standard” pieces – dressers, beds, etc. Many of these are featured in the furniture gallery, along with the unique designs. Furniture portfolios in PDF form are available in the furniture galleries. Please contact me for current pricing information.

Instead of sawing the log the usual way, the tree is first quartered lengthwise and each wedge is sliced on the diagonal (see diagram). The result is distinctive markings in the wood.

Quarter Sawn Wood Diagram

All Sandhill Designs are made of quality hardwoods. Pine is a very soft, unstable material to work with and doesn’t meet my high quality standards. If you like the look of Pine, my preference is to use good hardwoods, such as Ash or Hickory for a more satisfactory end result.

I price each piece according to the complexity of the project and the cost of materials. This takes a few days to research current wood prices, etc. I can usually give an immediate quote, however on anything shown in the furniture gallery.

No problem, there are several delivery and shipping options available.

LOTS of sanding! Then each piece gets a hand-rubbed oil finish, sanded again between each coat.

I recommend simply using a citrus oil, my favorite is called “What I Use.”

Because Sandhill cranes nested in the marsh behind my first shop, in Morrisonville, Wisconsin, about 45 minutes south of the International Crane Foundation. And at my current shop near Fort Atkinson, I still hear their calls in the air from spring to fall.

Cranes are the Chinese symbol for longevity, a quality I strive for in my furniture.

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Yes, each piece of furniture I build gets my full attention as the designer and craftsman. Although I have no employees, I’m not exactly alone, Major Woodrow, my shop cat keeps me company.

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