your work is great.what really stands out for me is the design of the pieces. nice work.
They look like some fantastic designs and renderings. What software did you draw them in?
Bob, The Wooddoctor [01/03/2010]
As I have said in the past, I'm not much of an "artsy-fartsy" guy. I lean towards the traditional. But I have to applaud your imaginative designs. You have a very creative mind. Keep up the good work.
Gary Spykman [01/03/2010]
Thanks guys, I really appreciate the kind comments. You seem to have figured me outů I consider myself a designer foremost, and a woodworker/furnituremaker secondarily.
In answer to your question, Cy - for the last three years or so I have been doing all my design work using Sketchup. I highly recommend it.
Thanks again, this is an example of how wonderfully supportive the woodworking community is.
Harry DeVrieze [01/03/2010]
You do great work.
Chris Hostetler [01/05/2010]
Amazing work... is anybody else's tail between their legs? :)
Some great design and execution!
I like contemporary myself but that is amazing design and crafting. I agree with you Chris!
Emanuel Sammut [01/12/2010]
Very impressive. I like the design of the foyer bench mostly. Keep it up.
WOW...and I Thought I did HIGH End...Great Work. RG
Nice work! I like the Arch table and Foyer bench. Nice designs. How did you get started in this type of design/build buisness? I have been building cabs and some furniture for 13 years and have yet to have a client that has the pocket book or eye for design to let me build something like these pieces. Thanks for sharing.
Gary Spykman [01/22/2010]
Thanks again everyone. I truly appreciate all the enthusiastic responses.
In answer to your question Iver - there is no short answer. My first thought is that it takes more than 13 years. My path has not been linear, there have been many detours and distractions, but I first got interested and involved in fine woodworking in my teens, and I just turned 50 a couple of days ago.
All of these pieces were built within the past five years, most of them within the last two or three. It took that long for all the factors to come together that allow me to have this kind of portfolio of work. In short I would say, be passionate, have a vision, work hard, and be patient.
I hope that was slightly helpful.
james mcgrew [01/30/2010]
soft on the eyes, enjoyed looking!!
Michael Makarevich [04/06/2012]
Gary, as a woodworker who has done similar type of pieces (not quite as great designwise perhaps but some pieces more complicated) I should say, I am taking my hat off. The designs are simply outstanding and execution is great. I thought I was pretty good with my designs but can see I have ways to go. I guess I am more of a woodworker than a designer after all. Michael