My creativity has never found comfortable expression through writing but I want to tell you some about the objects you see here and who made them.
I am a maker who has always had a fondness for useful items made well and beautifully. Arguing the differences between art and craft is not nearly so interesting as finding the two in perfect co-existence in an object whose function and beauty are equally considered and equally successful, a tool whose grip not only feels perfect in the hand but whose proportions make it impossible to put it out of sight and into the drawer.
The Artifaqt shop/studio is a collaborative effort. My best skills are a discerning eye and passion for design along with an endless curiosity for and a meticulous experimental approach to process and object making. We begin each of our designs with paper and pencil drawings. Prototypes come slowly and deliberately to life with wood, clay, chisels, knives, and hands in this shop. From there, production paths vary from old school hands to 21stC technology.
The majority of our wood pieces go from rough lumber to fine finish in our shop. We hand select our Pennsylvania hardwoods from local mills for beauty, stability, and durability. We have also collaborated with woodworkers, like Holland Bowl Mill in Michigan, who have capabilities we admire but don’t have. These products are further refined and finished by us at Artifaqt.
Patterns are made by us from our prototypes. We make and configure the molds that go to two local foundries for the hot metal pours. Cast metal comes back to us for cutting and grinding before going to other local shops for special technical coatings. All the details about production, for both wood and metal are available on each product page.
If you explore the entries below ( …coming soon…), you will learn much more about our interests, methods, collaborations, and inspiration (like mentors and local cheesemakers; we’re not big on boundaries).