I was always interested in photography, and graphic design. A large format printer was part of our equipment, but after I printed off a stunning masterpiece the only framing option was to build my own frames.
So one thing led to another and I started making large picture frames. I had always enjoyed working with wood especially Rimu and Matai. I remember at school in the wood work room, it was pine or rimu. I always chose to work with rimu.
Sam Maloof (1916 - 2009)
Sam Maloof began designing and hand making custom furniture in the 1950's. He became recognized for his outstanding and unique designs and superb workmanship, creating fine pieces that are treasured and passed down through generations.
“I hope that my happiness with what I do is reflected in my furniture…that it is vibrant, alive and friendly to the people who use it.” –Sam Maloof
So the frame making got me started in furniture making. I was watching a movie on TV about General George Armstrong Custer just before the Battle of Little Big Horn. In his tent he had a small desk. I jumped up and photographed the screen with my phone and then built a replica of his small desk out of NZ Rimu.
I was always interested in Rocking Chairs. Not the ones where all the pieces were cut out of a piece of wood, but rather the old fashioned ones with beautiful curves and shape. The master of `Rocking Chairs was an American furniture maker, and designer called Sam Maloof.
So one thing led to another and with some assistance from Hal Taylor I started making rocking chairs. And I am still making rocking chairs.