Furniture Maker/Designer Eagle Rock 1660 Colorado Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90041 Phone number (323) 684-4646
John Otis’ career has been an adventure in wood. He first saw fine furniture being made when he was eleven, and then he visited the great cabinet makers in Copenhagen as a teenager. Design and craftsmanship came naturally to him.
Early professional recognition led to his work as a design consultant to the all India Handicraft Board, a founding member of the Crafts Council in the UK and a Trustee of the V&A, London. Early commissions from Templeton and Keble College, Oxford, Liberty’s, Banque Générale du Luxembourg, were followed by major museums, corporate and private collections around the world.
Keenly aware of the need for an integrated education for furniture designers and makers going into business, he bought Parnham House, Dorset in 1976 to set up a college alongside, but separately from, his own furniture studios. Parnham rapidly gained an international reputation.
The clearance of forests to fuel the Industrial Revolution and the consequent dependence on imported timber prompted the purchase of Hooke Park, the 350 acre woodland nearby. The subsequent European programme of collaborative research …
Rob Henry Furniture Maker 238 N Krome Ave Homestead, FL 33030 Phone number (305) 248-6966
Rob Henry is a self-taught furniture maker who draws on his art training in ceramics and sculpture at SUNY Brockport, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the University of Washington. His mentors include James Krenov, George Nakashima, Wedle Castle, and potter Bernard Leach.
In 1982, Rob and his wife immigrated to Israel, where he began his journey into woodworking and fine cabinetry. While working there as a carpenter and contractor, Rob became involved in a construction project which required the construction of cabinetry and a staircase. He’s been a furniture maker ever since.
In 1987, Rob moved with his wife and two children to Whidbey Island, and has been working from his current shop in Greenbank since 1998. A member of the Whidbey Island Woodworkers Guild, Rob enjoys volunteering in the community and sharing knowledge with other woodworkers.
A self-confessed “wood hound,” Rob uses the finest domestic materials and is fascinated by the constellation of relationships inherent in the material of wood: the relationship between the tree and history, between the craftsman’s tools and the wood’s surface, and between the finished objects …