"Things men have made with wakened hands, and put soft life into Are awake through years with transfered touch and go on glowing For long years.
And for this reason, some old things are lovely
Warm still with the life of forgotten men who made them."
D. H. Lawrence
The loss of woodworking legend and a wonderful person is being felt by many. Scott considered Maloof a mentor and a huge inspiration. Scott was lucky enough to see Maloof in March 2009, just before his death, at the La Quinta Art show and it was an overwelming surprise. They talked at length. Maloof paid Scott the highest compliment he could ever receive, and that was how beautiful our work was and to keep it up. He will be truly missed by us and everyone who was lucky enough to have met him.
View of Pine and Juniper trees from our shop
Scott carving a 7ft mesquite log
Close up of carving
Scott carving a large clam shaped vessel, being careful to leave the bark in place
Apollo and Perseus. Our Great Dane brothers at 1 year old May 2014
RIP Apollo March 2016
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Scott & Stephanie reside in the beautiful Zuni Mountains in the northwestern part of New Mexico. This area consists of many artists and individuals looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and get back to nature and the simple things in life. Being a very rural area, that is full of Native American history, it is peaceful and beautiful with mountain and mesa views, tall pines, pinon and Alligator Juniper trees and untouched wilderness for the wildlife to roam. We are lucky to call the elk, eagles and other abundant wildlife neighbors. Being surrounded by such magnificence is truly inspirational and provides us with the drive to create incredible works of art. However, our love of wood and wanting to create beautiful pieces for our customers is our greatest inspiration.
Scott started woodworking in high school in 1984, and was lucky enough to have a teacher who saw his potential and groomed it. After graduating in 1986 and getting married two years later, Scott worked with wood occasionally for the next 13 years. Finally one day after years of having a successful but very hectic and stressful healthfood business, we decided that we wanted to be able to create custom made furniture full time. In 2004, we decided to leave the heat and busy life of Phoenix and move to the cool, laidback mountains. Both of us grew up in Roswell (alien town) and always loved the nearby mountains of Ruidoso, so it wasn't a hard choice. Then in February 2009 we were introduced "Candy Kitchen", where we currently reside.
After creating beautiful furniture for a few years, we then began creating carved sculptures from wood and stone . What started out to be a few simple bowls, has now turned into full on carved Sculptures. This is where Scotts artistic juices really flow and has become our main focus now. The sculptures are made from local Alligator Juniper and other woods, such as walnut, cherry , mesquite, Ironwood and Alabaster Stone. Most of the Juniper trees are anywhere from 500 years old to over 1000 years old and are salvaged from "Forest and private owner Cleanup" in the surrounding mountains of NM. These rare trees only grow in the mountains of the 4 Corners region between 6300 and 7600 elevation. Each piece is carved out with a chainsaw and then various grinders. The piece then may have turquoise or other stones added to the natural cracks, then the long process of sanding is done and finally a finish is applied. Although both Scott and Stephanie have turned on a lathe, they find carving to be more unique and free flowing. They have also found that they enjoy the one of a kind carved creations more. Stephanie also does relief carving, power carving and chip carving. However, things have been so busy lately, it's hard to find the time to do those artistic endeavors.
Scott being mostly selftaught, has had the pleasure of enhancing his craftsmanship of furniture making by receiving formal training from famous furniture makers, Sam Maloof and David Marks. He has refined and molded this "God Given" talent to make the incredible pieces that are showcased today on their website, at juried art shows and high end galleries. Though inspired by these incredible individuals, Scott prefers to put his own uniqueness in a piece and make it his own. He has learned through trial and error and his artistic background and is constantly changing and improving his designs. Scott, unlike most woodworkers, enjoys the difficult part of hand shaping. He finds it relaxing and rewarding to sculpt a piece to perfection. Using a variety of hand tools and sculpting techniques, he shapes a piece till it flows smoothly into another. He also pays particular attention to grain patterns and subtle color changes while creating a piece, to make sure that it is spectacular upon completion. He loves making rockers and chairs. These are the most difficult pieces of furniture to make, due to the fact of the amount of stress that is put on them and the comfort that is expected from them. He thrives off the challenge of making sure his custom made chairs and handcrafted rockers fit an individual to the "T" and that all joints flow seamless into each other. He knows he has handcrafted a piece to perfection, when a customer continuously runs their hands over the piece and remarks on how silky smooth it is and doesn't want to leave the comfort of the it.
We take pleasure in designing special pieces for our customers or to showcase at shows. Together we design and redesign an idea till it takes on a life of its own uniqueness and artistry. Taking these extra steps assures that the furniture we create will last for generations to come.