Bessemer, NC | In Memoriam
Creating objects out of wood is a passion that began, for me, at an early age. At 13 years I completed a soap box racer, which was my first large project. I continued working with wood as a hobby for the next 36 years as I pursued my career in the visual arts. Early retirement provided me with the opportunity to seek formal training specifically in making classical furniture pieces whose design and function have stood the test of time. A desire to use my visual arts background in building quality furniture led me to the Fine and Creative Woodworking program at Rockingham Community College in Wentworth, NC. There I was provided the perfect place to further hone my skills. Today I build full time specializing in 17th and 18th century reproduction pieces for clients that are destined to be cherished heirlooms handed down through the generations. I do build contemporary pieces to client specifications. In all pieces I use the finest woods, veneers, and finishes in construction and work to honor craftsmen of today and from an earlier age.
Al became an Exhibiting Member of Piedmont Craftsmen in 2011.