Artist's Statement: Jim has been a master furniture maker for more than thirty years and currently lives and works in Crystal River, FL. He attended Cooper Union on a painting scholarship and earned an M.F.A. from Arizona State University. He has taught woodworking in Vermont, Arizona, Florida and Kentucky. He has sold numerous pieces of one of a kind work through galleries in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Florida and Kentucky as well as numerous custom pieces for clients, both in the United States and abroad.
Attempting to explain what and why I build is difficult to do without wandering into some obtuse verbal nonsense which is the basis of full blown pretention. I try to avoid that. However, I will attempt to explain two of the pieces pictured here, if only because they make me smile.
The guitar chair is a reflection of my eclectic tastes and backgrounds in art, furniture making and music. It incorporates some of the basic “found it in the barn’ kind of stuff that was part of growing up on a farm in New England, along with the folk-art forms of Appalachia and is just rough enough to be an accurate assessment of my guitar playing.
The Re-Ply to Nakashima table is thank you of sorts to George Nakashima whose life, work and philosophy I find stunning. Craft only occasionally (in my view) wanders into actual Art. Nakashima seems to me to have wandered in and stayed there. In esoteric terms, his stuff spoke to me and a re-ply seemed appropriate, and I do love a good pun.
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