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Keith Allen

My wood furniture often features natural aspects of the material.  Design may be motivated by the material itself, or, sometimes, by language (e.g. a song lyric or everyday phrase.) I seldom rely on drawings, other than a quick, rough sketch.  I prefer to use my eyes for understanding relationships and details as a design evolves.  Geometry plays a strong role, perhaps hearkening back to earlier careers in math and computer science.  My pieces are functional, but I concentrate on form, and let the eventual user decide particulars of how, or where, to use a piece. I sometime juxtapose rustic natural details and stark geometry in the same piece.  Asymmetry and open space are common features, as are contrasting woods and colors. Technically, my work is largely traditional.  I employ hand-cut dovetails, mortise-and-tenon joinery, and a hand finish using a variety of oils, varnishes, waxes, dyes, and milk paint.  

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