Harmoniously blending form and function

Los Angeles, California · 111 Sales


Harmoniously blending form and function

Los Angeles, California 111 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
Kevin Griffin

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Kevin Griffin

Starburst, 6 in, Purpleheart
Adirondack ('Concavodack') garden chair
Ring Holder, hand turned, eucalyptus #8
Starburst Illuminated sculpture; curly maple
Starburst sculpture, free-standing; walnut
Muddler, handmade, wood, sugar pine, 8 in.
Wood 12 pointed Star sculpture, in cherry
Ring Holder, hand turned, eucalyptus #7
12 point Star sculpture, bloodwood
Ring Holder, hand turned, eucalyptus #5
Wood 12 point Star sculpture, Purpleheart
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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

reaseskiss on Jun 22, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

just received my sculpture. it is amazing. love the Purple Heart. the color is perfect. thank you!!!


Amy on May 20, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

A true treasure! Thanks for sharing your skill with us!


TereKirk on Apr 24, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I purchased this as a wedding gift for my fiancé. Because he's a chemist, he won't always be able to wear his ring. This will look nice on his dresser, and be the perfect place to tuck his ring when he isn't wearing it. I can't wait to give it to him!

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From geneticist to artisan woodworker

Science and art have more in common than most people realise: creativity and imagination are the core requirements of both disciplines. Creativity was an important of my 20+ years in biomedical research but I decided to concentrate on expressing myself through wood, with its unparalleled beauty and infinite variation. Now my satisfaction comes from working with my hands on things I can see and handling. My background in biology gave me an appreciation for elegant design—nature trims the fat, punishing the unnecessary, and finds the simplest workable form most suited to that particular context. I try to emulate this, paring down my work to find the minimal design that achieves the effect I want and the possibility of producing elegant and enduring pieces.


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  • Kevin Griffin

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photography

    I am almost entirely self-taught — my training and education is actually in genetics and embryology, researching birth defects. I started dabbling with woodworking about 10 years ago, increasing my skills and complexity of design.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 7, 2012
Utilitarian objects and tools should facilitate our everyday lives, however we have few expectations that they will also be easy on the eye and well designed. We expect nothing less from luxuries, so why tolerate less from objects that we interact with far more frequently? Imagine how enriched our lives would be if utilitarian objects were also a pleasure to look at, hold and use? My goal is to create elegant pieces that perform well with the minimum amount of design.

Why wood?
Functional and artistic objects are available in a wide variety of materials but none have the combination of visual and tactile appeal of wood. A wood piece cannot be fully appreciated until it is held in the hand. I want my work to encourage this interaction, and if you can resist that urge then I have failed. If you are so wary of an object that you are reluctant to handle it, because it appears fragile or unstable or overly embellished, then I have failed.

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Other Method
I accept Paypal but would much prefer and recommend POPmoney. credit cards can be used to pay into Paypal.

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CA Sales tax will be applied to all orders placed within CA.
Items will be shipped by the USPS First Class within 1-3 days of the transaction. Items may be shipped at higher priority, at additional cost to the buyer, upon request. Confirmation of shipping and tracking information will be provided to the buyer on the day of shipment.

INTERNATIONAL SALES: Please note that buyers are responsible for any and all duties and customs charges that may be incurred.
Refunds and Exchanges
Refunds on undamaged items will be accepted within 14 of shipment, buyer pays return shipping
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders and bulk orders will be enthusiastically considered. Contact me with your idea and we can discuss it further.