Monica Raymond’s first woodworking project was, as a child, making a jigsaw puzzle on the bandsaw in her father’s basement. Tinkering with her dad’s tools gave her the confidence to eventually build her own house in the woods outside Ithaca, New York. She pursued a career in public health nursing and after many years working in the US and abroad, she longed to again work creatively with wood. As she puts it, “I wanted to nurture the right side of my brain.” She began taking woodworking classes and in 2012 graduated from the Nine-Month Comprehensive Program at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. Since then she has made original pieces for craft shows and on commission. Her work has been shown at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts, the Messler Gallery in Rockport, Maine, and Craftboston. She also writes about woodworking and her articles have been published in Fine Woodworking and The Journal of the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers. Monica now lives in Burlington, Vermont. She says, “having grown up in New England surrounded by history, I have an appreciation for objects that outlive the maker. When building furniture I use methods and materials that ensure every piece will last for generations.” Her aesthetic sensibility is influenced by her world travels and exposure to a variety of architectural forms, as well as the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century.
I believe that the finest furniture is handcrafted with great attention to every detail, and that the strength of the relationship between the maker, the design, and the wood is evident in the final product. My goal is to create objects that are pleasing to the eye, a joy to use, and still in service long after I am gone.