I am pleased to announce the recognition of Lounge Chair No. 3 from an international jury of fine craft experts. The Arts and Crafts Design Award in an on-line competition with entries from some 40 different countries. Browsing the entries for 2016 is a feast of finely made items from masters of craft. It is a great honor to be chosen from among them as a recipient of the Jury’s Joker Prize. In a pack of cards, the Joker is the card of opportunity. We see this award as a stepping stone to greater opportunities in the future.
I acknowledge the Canada Council for the Arts for their support. Last year, the Council invested 153 million dollars to bring the arts into the lives of Canadians everywhere.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.
As noted on my home page I am happy to echo this announcement made on July 12, 2016. It is a great honor to be named along with the other astounding finalists. Lounge Chair No. 2 is the nominated piece. I appreciated the eloquent description on the Masterworks website:
“Lounge Chair No. 2 (2015) is composed of black walnut and white ash, with strikingly fluid legs-to-seat joinery. As a handmade object the chair demonstrates breathtaking technical skill. Its form is sculpturally conceived—a masterful example of fine craft and design. The chair’s design is visibly rooted in Nova Scotian forms, and encompasses multiple strands of design history in one work. The resulting singularity sums up its impact.”
Lounge Chair No. 2 is on display at the Fraser Cultural Center in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia until the end of July.
I am pleased to announce being awarded Master Artisan status from the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council. After presenting examples of my work and speaking about my craft before the Standards Committee earlier this month, I was delighted to receive this letter confirming my acceptance as a master. Mastering anything requires a serious commitment of time and resources and it was no different in my case; there were no shortcuts such as a genius might enjoy, just some 30,000 hours of making things from wood. My thanks to all who had a hand in making this progress possible.
My thanks to Shari Kulha for this piece in the National Post- From Niche to Noticed. January 30,2016.
With real gratitude I announce that my Lounge Chair No. 2 has won a 2016 Niche Award.
My thanks to all who had a hand in arranging the awards and to those who made it possible for me to reach this level of design and craft. My sincere thanks also to Arts Nova Scotia for making it possible for me to be present with the chair at the American Made Show. More than 1600 submissions from Canada and the United States were considered. Only 180 were named as finalists. Less than 40 of these were winners. Winners were announced at a ceremony on Saturday, January 16, 2016 in Washington, D.C.
The criteria for the prize was three-fold:
- Technical excellence, both in surface design and form
- Market viability
- A distinct quality of unique, original and creative thought
From a worldwide field of hundreds of juried contestants from some 40 different nations, only 38 are chosen for this Certificate. This is the only one from Canada to be awarded. Once again, it’s my Lounge Chair No. 2 that drew this recognition.
So in addition to being the most difficult piece I have ever designed, and the most comfortable chair I’ve sculpted, it seems that it is also an achiever from a purely design perspective. Many thanks to all of my customers and supporters for helping me to this stage of furniture making.
It is with a great sense of accomplishment that I offer this new lounge chair. This design distills all of the talents and skills I possess into one piece of exceptional furniture. The fluid shaping of its parts make for a chair that is delightful to look at and a marvel of comfort. My J-Class Lounge chair- finalist for the 2012 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Award- served as a starting point. The seat is sculpted from one very thick premium Walnut plank, cut up and artfully arranged to accommodate the deep saddle and ‘poured’ leg joinery. Materials for this chair cost just over $1000.00. The rough seat blank being shaped into its final form leaves deep piles of sweet smelling shavings on the shop floor. This is sculpture in its age old form.
The delicate hand shaped spindles follow the curves of the sitters back. The laminated back crest flows into wide arms. Hard lines that are carefully formed by hand sanding around the outside of the seat and arms juxtapose with the soft fluidity of the rest of the chair. The creative effort depletes my reserves. It will be weeks before a new design can even be contemplated.