His approach to aesthetics is “based on spare adornment and gentle tastes, classic rather than rustic, refined but not ‘machined.'” The result is a collection of beautiful ornaments, earrings, pieces of furniture, sculpture, and triangular ring boxes whose blooming accordion structure defies all logic.
Kurt understands the merits of traditional woodworking and craftsmanship. Time, tools, and appreciation of material are fundamental to his creative practice. Never using dyes, paints, or stains, the colors in Kurt’s pieces come from the natural hue of the wood from Ash to Cherry, Mahogany to Purpleheart. Nearly all of the wood Kurt uses come from Forest Products Associates in Greenfield, MA, and is either local or certified sustainably-sourced.
Watch Kurt hard at work in his home-studio, located in Shelburne Falls, MA.
Soon after his debut as a wholesale woodworker, Kurt received recognition for his work, winning First Place at the Artwood Holiday Ornament Competition in 1990, and the People’s Choice Award from the Northwest Gallery of Fine Woodworking Box Competition in 2001. Now, his work can be seen at nearly 200 outlets nationally, including several museum stores, Historic Deerfield, the Boston Museum of Fine Art, and the Henry Ford Museum.
Learn more about Kurt’s woodworking practice and where you can find his work on his website.