WoodSkills Issue 02 - Page 86


WS: You are a highly-regarded and prolific furniture designer, maker. What kinds of furniture do you design + make and in what style?

DP: Over the years I have designed and built just most every kind of free standing furniture Although much of my work has revolved around furniture for dining rooms, bedrooms, and executive offices. I am probably best known for my Greene & Greene style pieces. For the past few years I have been wandering a bit afar of traditional G&G. While my work certainly retains some G&G elements - I’m not sure if it can still be called Greene & Greene.

WS: Are you primarily self-taught or did you attend formal training to learn your woodworking and furniture design?

DP: When it comes to woodworking my education was what I like to call “self–directed”. I had a lot of “on the job training” - having worked at several commercial shops. The variety of experiences taught me that there is no one source with all the best answers. There are multiple ways to accomplish things – and to never assume your current way is the best. Probably the most valuable thing I learned though was problem solving. We were often given highly custom projects with no roadmap. This could be very stressful! But it taught me to think through things and find my own answers - which in turn was of immense help when I had to teach myself some aspect of woodworking. On the design side… I am 100% self-taught. I think with the right mentor I might have benefited greatly – or the wrong mentor could have done damage. I feel really good art cannot be taught “by the numbers”. Design is fueled by inspiration and guided by intuition. It’s something we already have that needs to be nurtured.

TERCET TABLE, 2014 MAHOGANY, EBONY, SPALTED WOOD 21" H x 25.75" W x 25.75" D

Photo by Darrell Peart