Furniture with Soul
Master Woodworkers and Their Craft
In Furniture with Soul, David Savage explores the philosophy, career, and pivotal moments of struggle and inspiration of today’s most talented and influential woodworkers. He traveled throughout the United States and Britain to interview renowned artists in the field with candor and an uncompromising eye.
As he puts it, “The craftspeople featured in this book have lived lives dedicated to the creation of objects that will fill us with awe and wonder. These furniture makers are at once artists and designers and top-of-the-line crafts-people, creating handcrafted objects in the small workshop or studio, stretching artistic boundaries, uninterested in mass-produced products. Their pursuit is excellence and the individuality that will make their work a landmark of our age.”
With a telling insight and refreshing intimacy, Savage shines the spotlight on these renowned woodworkers, including John Makepeace, John Cederquist, Jack Larimore, Judy Kensley McKie, Michael Hurwitz, Thomas Hucker, Rupert Williamson, Garry Knox Bennett, and Peter Danko. He reveals their thinking, creative process, how each found his or her voice, and the paths they each followed to prominence. He takes the reader into their workshops and their hearts. Savage seeks to illuminate the soul of the artists’ work, and the concrete and inspirational moments of their lives that shaped them.
“Furniture with ‘soul,’ or ‘quality,’ is more than furniture that is simply well made, or that demonstrates fine workmanship. It embodies a profound form of communication that really has little to do with conscious thought. . . . Perhaps it is about our essential nature.”
——from the Introduction