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At Emmet’s Hill, I design and build functional and decorative furnishings using combinations of wood and glass and metal. I attempt to achieve several characteristics that I consider hallmarks of my work.

WHOLLY HANDMADE – Except for fundamental hardware, like screws, I like to make everything by hand … glass cutting, foiling, soldering, patination and waxing … wood cutting and shaping, sanding, sealing, staining, finishing and polishing … metal cutting, filing, grinding, hammering, tinning, antiquing, polishing … all of these things are done by my hands. It’s a slow process, but good for my heart. As a side note, I also hand make all of my assembly fixtures and forms.

STRENGTH – I strive to give everything I make a solid feel. The nature of my materials tends to have a natural weight, but above that, I like balance and stability. To me, even the…

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  • Male
  • Born on February 20
  • Joined March 26, 2012

Favorite materials

Wood, Stained Glass, Metal, Copper, Bronze, Copper Foil, Brass, Mahogany, Beech, White Oak, Maple, Redwood, Reclaimed Wood when available

About

At Emmet’s Hill, I design and build functional and decorative furnishings using combinations of wood and glass and metal. I attempt to achieve several characteristics that I consider hallmarks of my work.

WHOLLY HANDMADE – Except for fundamental hardware, like screws, I like to make everything by hand … glass cutting, foiling, soldering, patination and waxing … wood cutting and shaping, sanding, sealing, staining, finishing and polishing … metal cutting, filing, grinding, hammering, tinning, antiquing, polishing … all of these things are done by my hands. It’s a slow process, but good for my heart. As a side note, I also hand make all of my assembly fixtures and forms.

STRENGTH – I strive to give everything I make a solid feel. The nature of my materials tends to have a natural weight, but above that, I like balance and stability. To me, even the most beautiful object loses something if it wobbles.

AESTHETIC CONTRAST – a tricky topic because beauty is so much in the eye of the beholder. My approach, though, is to balance the stronger lines and masses of my work with contrasting curves and lighter, more delicate features.

COLOR BALANCE – I tend to prefer more muted colors, and I tend to start choosing colors from monochromatic or closely related palettes. From there, I choose accent colors, sometimes in a complimentary scheme, but always with the goal of adding a sparkle. I also pay close attention to the color and finish of the wooden element to make sure that it enhances, and does not conflict with, the glass composition.

MOTION – In some of my designs based on flora, I like to explore ways of making them “move” – as in a group of blossoms that appears to be swaying in a breeze. This is challenging because it requires the correct combination of shapes and pattern with glass colors and glass types. It does not always work out the way I plan, but when it does, it’s a wonderful effect.

LEARNING AND EXPERIMENTATION – I love to try new things. I love to look at a completed piece, no matter how much I like it, and ask “How can I make this better”? For this reason, I sometimes reuse a design, perhaps with different glass colors. Or I adapt a design to change proportions or layering. I sometimes try different foiling techniques by which varying line widths can be achieved.

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