bradfordwoodworking's Shop Announcement

Furniture makers frequently ride the coattails of easily recognized styles such as Shaker, Country or Arts and Crafts. In my work, I intentionally try not to be pigeonholed into an existing furniture design category. What I try to do is make furniture that has not been seen before, but still retains some familiarity. That familiarity is gained through the use of good proportions, honest construction and old-fashioned usefulness. My basic concept is to use “off the shelf” parts in ways that were never intended—as elements in the furniture.

Because the shop is located on a farm, I decided to develop that as a “theme,” which is why the parts are farm related. The idea is to make something special out of something ordinary. Ax handles seemed to be the perfect chair leg with their gentle S-curve and knobby foot. Pitchforks make ideal supports for chair backs and they even have some spring when you lean back. These “parts” have become significant elements in my design vocabulary and give the furniture its distinctive Bradford “look.”

I create my furniture one piece at time using both traditional and modern techniques. My most unusual furniture-making tool is a 100-year-old ax-handle lathe I have refurbished to perform a multitude of tasks in the shop. The spiral texture from the lathe has become a signature look in my work.

More of my work can be seen and purchased on my site,