1989 Member Karl Nielsen

From boat building on the east coast to cabinet making in Alaska, with time out to do some commercial fishing, I chose the field of woodworking and started my formal training in the craft of furniture making in 1984. I first studied under the eye of David Powell, who himself was trained by Edward Barnsly, one of the founders of the British Arts and Crafts movement. Traditional joinery and construction technique in combination with a more modern design emphasis were a high priority in my learning experience. I then transferred to a National recognized furniture maker, Wendall Castle in Scottsville, New York. There, the push for creative design was never to outweigh integrity and quality.

My work is my effort to create a new movement of style. The curve form may be the signature, but each has it's own meaning and integrity. Both sawn and laminated soilid woods are used as well a imported plywood and veneers. Plywoods and veneers have been used for centuries and some of the greatest pieces in museums today could not have been created without them.