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I started working in wood in 1986 in Brooklyn, NY with a jigsaw and scraps from the local lumber yard. The painted animal cutouts I made sold in stores in NYC and they quickly evolved into functional objects like mirrors and boxes and eventually furniture. I have a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, but I learned basic woodworking techniques from watching cabinet makers who worked near my first work shop in Brooklyn. I moved to the Catskills in 1989 and I live on a 95 acre horse farm with my horses, dog and cat, surrounded by wildlife, natural beauty and peace and quiet, all of which helps fuel my work.

Working with wood has become second nature. I have a kind of fluency with the process, tools, materials and iconic language that exists in each piece. And the influences - ancient Egyptian art, African tribal art, medieval and craftsman furniture, and circus art - infuse…

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  • Joined April 19, 2011

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I started working in wood in 1986 in Brooklyn, NY with a jigsaw and scraps from the local lumber yard. The painted animal cutouts I made sold in stores in NYC and they quickly evolved into functional objects like mirrors and boxes and eventually furniture. I have a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, but I learned basic woodworking techniques from watching cabinet makers who worked near my first work shop in Brooklyn. I moved to the Catskills in 1989 and I live on a 95 acre horse farm with my horses, dog and cat, surrounded by wildlife, natural beauty and peace and quiet, all of which helps fuel my work.

Working with wood has become second nature. I have a kind of fluency with the process, tools, materials and iconic language that exists in each piece. And the influences - ancient Egyptian art, African tribal art, medieval and craftsman furniture, and circus art - infuse everything I make. I treat furniture making like sculpture, building it strong enough to function as an everyday utilitarian object as well as art. All of my pieces are made with poplar and birch veneer panels and finished with multiple layers and glazes of oil based enamel paint, applied by hand. It's important to me that people understand that I construct all of my pieces myself, one at a time, in my studio because, for whatever reason, people still ask me, "Who makes this?". The answer is still, "I do!"

Please check out my website:
www.laurashapirostudiofurniture.com

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