I started working on a fairly large piece of box elder that I had gotten when a bunch of us took down an old tree. I knew that the chances that it would have much good wood were slim. And, I was right! The outside layer of the tree still had some integrity to it and I was able to get 2 pieces that were not large but had interesting color and shape. I finished these off without knowing exactly what I was going to do with them. After talking to a friend, I decided to make a hall table with almost no practical use. Almost. I’ve been somewhat obsessed with the idea that we pile all our flat surfaces with “stuff”. I’ve made a few tables which can hold only one or two things. This particular table is more like a bowl. When one comes into the house, they may throw their keys and wallet (only if they don’t have teenagers!) into the bowl. I like it!
About the author
Craig is technically an outsider artist, having no schooling or apprentice training in the arts. His background is in building and remodeling, but always with an artistic approach. This history lends itself to creating art which is also functional. Many of the tables, kitchens and beds he has made are clever and beautiful combinations of the natural edge and graining with specific functionality. He specializes in creating for those who have a specific corner or room in the house which needs attention. Also, he has been making handmade coffins, urns and memorials since the 80's. People often get their coffins ahead of time and store them. Familiar with the laws of Michigan, Craig is able to design and execute anything people want, however, creative or simple.