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Paulus Wanrooij
Harpswell, Maine, U.S.A.
Fine Handcrafted Contemporary Furniture


"Oceana Demi Lune"
Wall Table in Mahogany
Height 30", Width 48", Depth 20"

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"Oceana Round Top"
End Table in Maple and Walnut
Height 26", diameter 25"


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.

Paulus Wanrooy

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