Creating, constructing, building has always been very fulfilling to me. I built my first
pieces some 25 years ago. Simple and basic cabinets, though my friends liked them and were eager to have them in their homes.
And about eight years ago I built a 14-foot sailboat from some simple drawings. I have to say that I had more fun building
the boat that sailing it! Woodworking is in my
genes. I was born and raised in the Netherlands, where my father and uncle were both craftsmen. I feel that through them,
I inherited a sense for beauty, harmony and balance. Often in the past people suggested that I make a living with my hands, and finally I have acted on these suggestions.
After many years in a managerial position (where my design skills received international recognition through my PowerPoint
presentations at telecom conferences), I made a career change and entered the Fine Woodworking Program at Haywood Community
College in North Carolina. This nationally renowned program admits only eight students per year, and I was fortunate enough
to be one of them. Since that time I have devoted
myself to developing the skills that allow me to make the items here on display. Although I work within the four walls of a studio, my mind enjoys traveling beyond the limitations
of traditional designs. This is where the creative ideas start, capturing that first idea and all the possibilities for its
development. The creative process starts with sketches, full size drawings, and
full scale models. Sometimes a piece progresses step-by-step: first the legs, then the aprons and finally the top. All along
the way I play with different possibilities using plain cardboard to visualize the evolving character of the piece. I craft pieces of furniture that are a pleasure to live with - harmonious
creations of functionality and beauty. Cherry,
maple, walnut, butternut, birch, apple wood and sycamore are some of my favorite woods to work with. Through my work I have created a fulfilling life for my wife and myself, while adding
comfort and harmony to the living and working environment of my clients.
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