After earning a BA in studio arts from the University of Vermont, Timothy went on to work for five years as a custom designer and builder in a two-person shop. Timothy now works out of his own studio, and is influenced by George Nakashima and his use of uniquely-sawn, live-edge wood; Sam Maloof's inclination to the curved surface; Frank Lloyd Wright's eye for balance and overhang; and the Shaker tradition of hard work and simple lines.
Al Stirt is a self-taught, internationally recognized woodturner, who has been working with wood since 1970. He has traveled throughout the U.S. as well as England, Ireland, New Zealand, and Canada, giving workshops in the art and craft of woodturning. His work is recognized in many public and private collections, including the American Craft Museum in New York and the White House Permanent Craft Collection in Washington, D.C.
For almost 40 years Andrew Marks has been hand carving pipes in his Cornwall Vt. workshop. The setting is tranquil, sugar maple trees, red barns, and lazy cows grazing set the stage for his work. Marks was born into an artist family, his mother a painter, sculpture, and writer, and Marks always knew he would be a man that would also create. Marks’ was first introduced to pipe smoking early in life by his father who smoked a pipe, a Dunhill shell, one he owns and still smokes to this day. When Marks was 15 his father gifted him a Dunhill pipe of his own.
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.
With the arrival of daughters, I became inspired to bring some of that esthetic into my work and found woodturning to be the perfect platform because it rewards on-the-fly improvisation and spontaneity.
Gary Starr of Middlebury, Vermont was introduced to wood carving by his father. Dr. George Ross Starr was a carver and collector of over 2,000 decoys. “We studied them,” Gary says of the decoys. “We had to. They were everywhere.” Gary carved his first bird at the age of nine. Since then, he’s never lost his love of the craft. Gary does all the design, carving and painting on each of his pieces. He studies photographs on each of his pieces. He studies photographs of his subjects and observes them in the wild.
Robin and Jim make art that is faintly familiar. A successful piece will connect to its viewer in an oblique fashion. This real or imagined identity is what gives each its humor or personality. Without that, it’s just a bunch of painted wood. Robin paints and assembles. Jim’s eye provides found pieces, perspective and overview. The tactile sense of paint and wood combined with the mental opportunities to problem solve suits Robin and Jim well. Their work has been carried in fine galleries nationwide.
Growing up in Weston, Vermont, Tom Foster was first introduced to woodworking by his father. Since high school he has worked during summers and vacations in his father's shop. Tom has been a full time woodworker since 1977. Today he wrestles with laminate color combinations, finish, and final forms. He and his family live on a ridge above the village a couple of hundred yards from the farmhouse where his father and grandfather were born.
A true craftsman, David Hurwitz designs and builds contemporary furniture pieces, one at a time at his studio in central Vermont, using hand carving along with traditional methods of furniture construction and joinery. His work has been exhibited widely in galleries and museums throughout the United States, including the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, the Delaware Art Museum, the Wharton Esherick Museum and the Bennington Museum. His work is in public and private collections throughout the United States, and in private residences in Canada and England.