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“Woodworking is a most satisfying pastime, so varied and multifaceted you will never complete the twin processes you have undertaken: acquiring tools and learning how to use them. You have begun a lifetime pursuit.” ~ Michael Dunbar
/ Finding my Pastime /
Woodworking is a pastime that I accidentally stumbled upon. A year or two after graduating from college my wife and I wanted to buy a set of cornhole boards. After looking through the many different structural and decorative designs, I thought to myself, “I might be able to do this”, and bought the necessary plywood, 2x4 lumber, and my first corded drill, while using other equipment borrowed from family.
I instantly became obsessed with the construction: cutting the pieces to the correct length, checking for square, and forming the joints. I was a bit dejected after the construction was over, only to discover that the construction is only half of the process! I was immediately absorbed in the finishing of the boards: choosing the design, laying down the lines and tape, painting the surfaces, and applying the clear protective coating. The set was finished, but I wanted to continue with this newfound hobby.
/ Becoming Captivated /
As my tool collection and knowledge of woodworking slowly grew, so did my list of projects. Using mostly softwoods, such as pine and cedar, I began making crafts and furniture for our apartment and as gifts for family members, loving the idea of creating unique, one-of-a-kind pieces rather than purchasing mass-produced furniture. Needed a patio set - got it. Wishing well for a wedding - no problem. I was constantly finding reasons to make new projects because it was just so much fun!
Making these larger projects out of pre-milled softwoods was enjoyable and I still do produce such pieces on occasion, but as I read more about fine woodworking and scoured the internet for information, I couldn’t help but become jealous of the beautiful hardwoods used by many carpenters. These native hardwoods: cherry, oak, maple, and black walnut, to name a few, produced such beautiful pieces with their natural colors and grain patterns, so I bought the necessary equipment to process the lumber from these native hardwoods.
/ My Current Work /
The majority of my current work involves natural solid hardwoods native to North America. My constructed pieces begin as rough-cut lumber and are then processed in my shop to dimensional lumber, which I can then cut to length, assemble, and coat with oils to create a unique finished product. I rarely use any color tints, dyes, or stains on my products and instead opt for various forms of clear coatings and oils. I enjoy letting the natural beauty of the wood show through uninhibited.
Many of my recent pieces are also referred to as “live edge”, meaning that instead of using squared wood that has been milled, I use slabs of wood that retain the natural edge of the tree. I came into this form of woodwork after reviewing the work of the individual who pioneered the concept, George Katsutoshi Nakashima. Mr. Nakashima believed that the natural colors and grain patterns in wood are so beautiful and intricate that they should be the focal point of the piece. Nick Offerman summed up this notion of Mr. Nakashima’s work brilliantly; “What Mother Nature has wrought in the grain and color and figure of a given piece of tree is magical. Finishing the wood, especially with a hand-rubbed oil finish, after careful scraping and sanding, simply reveals the story that particular tree has been getting ready to tell us for decades or sometimes centuries. Usually the story is full of twists and surprises and breathtaking beauty.”
/ Your Purchase /
You can be ensured that your piece will be unique. My shop is truly a one-person shop and all projects are handcrafted.
The way that I create a project may seem backward; instead of developing a concept then selecting the lumber, I select the lumber then develop the concept. The reason for this is to showcase the best properties of each piece of wood; each piece has varying color, grain pattern, knots, and figure, and should be exhibited to its fullest potential. The same discipline is used in the finishing; each piece is finished with a hand rubbed oil varying from satin to gloss, depending on the species of wood.
Each item listing describes the piece in its fullest detail. If you have any additional questions regarding a listing, please contact me. Thank you very much for your interest in my work.
~ Sean Fouse
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