Ian Herdell

Durham NC | Exhibiting Since 2020

Because my studio is small, I am able to give each piece the care and attention to detail that heirloom quality woodwork deserves. My work is made from solid North American hardwoods and also use shop cut veneers. I love to create furniture and art with tangible functionality and down to earth beauty. The beauty and structure of forms found in nature inspire me and I bring an essence of that into my designs. I find that each tree has a story to tell, a snapshot into its unique life. My designs incorporate and harness the knots, splits, rot, spalting, special grain and sculpting done by insects, wind and weather. I also highlight these “imperfections” with inlaid shells and stone to bring more attention to them. This approach combined with exceptional craftsmanship allows me to create timeless, beautiful work for any space.