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My PictureMy goals as a furniture craftsman are structure (built to last), function (built for purpose), form (friendly with surroundings), and beauty (blooms in the space). Commissions have included beds, coffee and dining room tables, chairs, sideboards, folding screens, bookcases, benches, window covers, wall hangings, kitchen cabinets and sliding room dividers.

Many pieces include the use of translucent screens, or shoji, designed and used to divide, conceal, protect, or enhance an area in the home, office or patio. Fixed or moveable, shoji are built for many applications including freestanding folding screens, hinged closet doors, sliding room dividers, valences, cabinet and furniture doors, light shades and sliding window covers.

I continue to enjoy the working of wood in my shop next to our home in the rolling hills of central North Carolina. Please feel free to contact me and explore the possibilities.

Work Experience

1979-present  -  CottonWood Studios  -  Graham, NC
  A one person woodshop specializing in exceptional custom furniture and cabinetry

1994-2004  -  Aventine, Inc.  -  Carrboro, NC
  A woodshop specializing in exceptional architectural millwork and cabinetry

1977-1979  -  Alternative Builders  -  Raleigh, NC
  A small group of dedicated friends and builders specializing in passive solar house construction

1975-1977 - Wright Builders - Garner, NC

  Custom home building including framing, interior and exterior trim, and finish detailing

1972-1975  -  Self Employed  -  Raleigh, NC
  House carpentry and renovations


1968-1978  -  NC State University  -  Raleigh, NC
  BA, English Literature


2004  -  Dino Read Award at the Carolina Designer Craftsmen show  -  Raleigh, NC

      This award is presented in memory of Dino Read to those who have consistently shown quality craftsmanship "to support and nurture artistic education and achievement in keeping with the joyous creativity and artistic spirit of Dino Read."

2007-   Craftsman's Choice Award- Carolina Designer Craftsmen show - Raleigh, NC

     Exhibitor's select the craftsman who has consistently shown quality craftsmanship.

2008-  Jan Greg Award- Carolina Designer Craftsmen show - Raleigh, NC

     In 2005, the first annual Jan Gregg Award was presented to Jan Gregg inhonor of and as a testament for her commitment to her craft for over 36years, her commitment to the Guild on the Board of Directors for thebetter part of 36 years, and finally her commitment to continuallyuphold the original dream on which Carolina Designer Craftsmen wasfounded--a Guild organized by the craftsmen for the benefit of thecraftsmen. Thank

Professional Organizations

Carolina Designer Craftsmen www.carolinadesignercraftsmen.com

  • Exhibiting member since 1987

Carolina Designer Craftsmen Board of Directors

  • 2011  General Board Member (immediate past president)
  • 2010   President
  • 2005-2008         President
  • 2004                  Vice President
  • 2002-2003        General Board member
  • 1999-2001        Publicity Chairman
  • 1997-1998        General Board member
Alamance Artisans
  • 2007-present

Piedmont Craftsmen Inc.

  •      Exhibiting Member 2008

Here are some other links that may interest you. 

Carolina Designer Craftsmen
Origin Visual Design
Bosetti Art Tile
Carolyn Nelson Fiber Art
Garry Childs Pottery
Mahalo Arts
Alamance Artisans

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