The movement to buy locally, which has gained momentum in the areas of produce and food, is now spreading to arts and crafts. Through the work of over seventy contemporary furniture makers, the role of place in the creative process is explored and celebrated. Whether in terms of materials, inspiration, or the interaction with customers, these artists are rooted in their surroundings. What springs from these roots is usually unique, often edgy, and always beautiful furniture and accessories. Over 150 examples of their work are shown in full color, with ample detail photographs so the reader gets an intimate look at the skill and artistic instincts of these makers. Essays by furniture makers and leaders in the craft world amplify the visual feast and help the reader understand the vision, motivation, and inspiration that give impetus to the artists and inform their work.
The Furniture Society, based in Durham, North Carolina, is a nonprofit, educational organization founded in 1996 to advance the art of furniture making by inspiring creativity, promoting excellence and fostering an understanding of this art and its place in society. Steffanie Dotson has been an active participant in the organization and has served as its president. A furniture maker herself, she lives in California, where she teaches woodworking at Palomar College. Douglas Congdon-Martin has written extensively on material culture, in the areas of both crafts and antiques. He lives in Pennsylvania.

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