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Hello to all and welcome to my site,
I am one of the rare women in the custom furniture-making world. I love the creative problem solving that goes into woodworking. I also thrive on the quest for perfection through working in partnership with the natural beauty of the wood. I care deeply about every piece/project I make and do my best to provide quality craftsmanship from start to finish. I am honored to have gained a reputation for my integrity, honesty, and the hard work that goes into my craft.
After more than a decade of honing this craft, I have decided to take a leap of faith and dive more fully into doing the work I love. With that it mind, I started McIntyre Furniture with the goal of making a modest living by creating beautiful, functional, sustainable furniture that people can feel proud to make a part of their home. Currently I’m starting out my online business with a focus on tea bo…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 28
  • Joined December 31, 2011

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wood, live edge slabs

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About

Hello to all and welcome to my site,
I am one of the rare women in the custom furniture-making world. I love the creative problem solving that goes into woodworking. I also thrive on the quest for perfection through working in partnership with the natural beauty of the wood. I care deeply about every piece/project I make and do my best to provide quality craftsmanship from start to finish. I am honored to have gained a reputation for my integrity, honesty, and the hard work that goes into my craft.
After more than a decade of honing this craft, I have decided to take a leap of faith and dive more fully into doing the work I love. With that it mind, I started McIntyre Furniture with the goal of making a modest living by creating beautiful, functional, sustainable furniture that people can feel proud to make a part of their home. Currently I’m starting out my online business with a focus on tea boxes and other small boxes (that are easy to ship!) These simple but lovely boxes are a great way to showcase tea, jewelry, spices, or any other small treasures in an elegant box that itself becomes a beautiful centerpiece in any room. Though these are my current focus, larger custom orders are always welcome.
I am also growing my business in sustainable ways. I seek to buy sustainably harvested lumber from reputable distributers. I am committed to using earth friendly (non-toxic, all natural, and low VOC) finishes and shellacs. Given that I work out of a shared community space, the “aged” wood that I use can’t be reclaimed lumber (which is hard on the shared tools). But because like many of you I’m drawn to the nice gray color, I have learned to speed up the aging process on the surface of the wood by using simple non-toxic materials like black tea (for the tannins) and white vinegar (which reacts with the tannins and creates the gray appearance.)
Prior to apprenticing as a woodworker and attending furniture-making school, I worked as an Outward Bound instructor for six years. I led wilderness expeditions ranging from 4-50 days with just about every age group and population you can imagine. From alpine backpacking in Montana to dog sledding and cross-country skiing in Minnesota, I have slept more than 1,000 nights under the stars. I feel blessed to have seen many wolves, and their haunting grace has stayed with me. I have also spent many hours watching mountain goats and, my favorite, pikas. I share this history of my time living in close relationship with the land because it is one of the main inspirations from which I draw in my work. In the lines and swirls of the wood I often see the landscapes with which I became so intimately familiar. As I scrape, sand and varnish, I seek to bring those vistas to life.
I also gather inspiration from the simple clean lines and functional elegance of Shaker furniture, and that influence can be seen in the joints and corners of the boxes I craft. In addition I am drawn to the natural beauty that George Nakashima style brings forth in “slab furniture”. You will see this influence in the slab-style dining room table featured on this site: www.McIntyreFurniture.com. In this style the whole table comes from the center cut of a tree. Though I work around this core, the intrinsic story of how the tree grew and developed remains untouched.
As I grow further in this work, I want to keep myself available to making custom one-of-a-kind pieces. I look forward to the continued learning and co-creational process that these opportunities provide. If you are interested in this option, just contact me and we’ll get the process started. I hope you enjoy my work and I look forward to working with you soon!

Kim McIntyre

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