I graduated in 1978 with a Fine Arts degree specializing in both gallery oriented sculptural wood furniture and Tonalism and Abstracted Impressionism inspired paintings. In those early years of collegiate study, my influences were the works of Wendell Castle, George Nakashima, James Krenov, Jack Rodgers Hopkins, Josef Albers, Mark Rothko, Walter Launt Palmer, and J.M.W. Turner. For the last 30 years, I have been a wooden artifacts conservator with additional training and experience in the fields of consulting, personal property evaluation and valuation, lecturing, and teaching. I have preserved, studied, researched, lectured on, and taught courses on the artistic styles and regions of furniture production which governed the craftsmen working from the 15th through the 20th centuries. My accumulated design and craft knowledge combined with my fine arts background, traditional joinery skills, and a desire to follow “Leed Building Practices”, “Green Practices”, and “Best Practices” has led us to produce our current lines and individual designs. The use of “old stock” small fragments, and wood from naturally downed trees is very important in our production as well as to utilize the naturally occurring figure and grain characteristics of the wood including what would have been considered non-usable portion of the tree such as the sapwood, areas of defects, etc. in the layout and production. We also use sustainable, recycled, and environmentally friendly adhesives and finishing products. Our company, MOSART, displays current furniture items in our portfolio. And, our sister company works with conservation of historic furniture. Our websites can be found on http://www.schuettinger.com and http://www.mosartfurniture.com.com.
- Thurmont, MD
- Professional Status