I create fine woodworking from the Arts and Crafts movement, with a slant toward Asian influence. Being creative in my woodworking designs and a day in the workshop is a relief from the exasperating world. It always puts me in my “happy space.” For me, expressing my craft in smooth flowing designs with the natural beauty and character of the wood is a key choice in my work. My projects are made to be touched and will bring warmth into your home.
After learning woodworking skills at Western Kentucky University, I have continued to hone my interest in fine woodworking from the nostalgic American Bungalow and Craftsman Movement era. Construction details are an important visual part of my designs, yet the free-flowing lines of the Asian style can be found in most of my work. My prevailing influence are the Greene & Greene Brothers’ Californian Bungalows, and also George Nakmashima, who brought softness to the Craftsman Styles of craftsmen such as the Stickley Brothers, Frank Lloyd Wright and William Morris. I feel that the uniqueness of the material used should influence the character of my projects.
My work includes boxes, furniture, lamps, clocks and collaborations with other artists’ media such as ceramic tile, glass and metal pieces, always complementing each other’s craft. A very important criteria I strive for in my work is the use of sustainable woods.
Tom D. Sims,