Master furniture maker blends old technique with modern technology


THERE IS A LOT TO A NAME. THE MORE YOU MASTER IT. STEVE: A MASTER OF FASHION HANDTOOLS, HE IS EQUALLY WELL-VERSED IN MACHINERY.>>I THINK CRAFT IS NOT ABOUT THE TYPE OF TOOLS, IT IS ABOUT BEING ABLE TO OVERSEE THE WHOLE PROCESS FROM DESIGN TO PUT IT TOGETHER, FINISHING IT AND SELLING IT. THAT IS THE CRAFT. STEVE: HIS COMPANY’S NAME SPEAKS TO ERIC’S PRACTICES AND VISION. ARTISTICALLY HE SEE’S FURNITURE AS A DELICATE BALANCE BETWEEN CONSTRUCTION AND SCULPTURE. SINCE I WAS AT MAINE I RECOGNIZED ANIMALS. STEVE: WITH A LITTLE ACCENT HE INCORPORATES A FACE ON A BOOKSHELF. I TRY TO USE THE AESTHETICS OF IT TO MAKE IT USEFUL. STEV USING ONLY WOULD FROM MAINE AND AS MANY NATURAL GLUES AND OILS AS POSSIBLE, HE TOUTS A PRACTICAL APPROACH TO MAKING FURNITURE.>>I COULD JUST STAND ON TOP. STEVE: BUILT TO LAST GENERATIONS WITH MINIMAL AMOUNTS OF MATERIALS. IT IS THAT SAME PASSION, THE REALIZATION OF HOW MUCH OTHER FURNITURE IS OUT THERE IN THE WORLD, BOTH OLD AND NEW. THAT EVEN ERIK ADMITS IS CONCERNING.>>SOMETIMES I THE SHOULD STOP MAKING FURNITURE BECAUSE WE DO NOT NEED MORE STUFF. STEVE: IF THE CUSTOMER STOP COMING THEN MAYBE HE WILL STOP MAKING. FOR NOW, THE CRAFTSMAN INSIDE HIM CANNOT WALK AWAY. DESIGNING, BUILDING AND SELLING ONE-OF-A-KIND FURNITURE AS AESTHETICALLY UNSUSTAINABLY AS POSSIBLE.>>I CANNOT STOP DOING IT. I CHOOSE TO TRY TO FIND WAYS TO KEEP MYSELF CONSCIOUS. AT LEAST IF I KEEP MAKING STUFF THAT WE DON’T NEED, THAT AT LEAST I DO IT AS ETHICAL AS POSSIBLE. STEVE: MOST OF HIS WORK IS CUSTOM, BUT EVERY NOW AND THEN WHEN HE GETS AN IDEA, HE HAS TO

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