Pro Portfolio: Doug Mooberry and Kinloch Woodworking
Doug Mooberry was introduced to period furniture as a boy tagging along with his mother on her visits to antique stores. His wide-eyed curiosity quickly won over the antiques dealers. They let him open drawers and secret compartments, and their answers to his many questions laid the foundation of his education in period furniture.
After college (at Gettysburgh, where he studied business and Greek and Roman history), Mooberry founded Kinloch Woodworking in 1982 in Unionville, Pa., the town where he grew up. From the start his interest was mainly in making pieces inspired by period originals, but he’s never been afraid to venture into more modern realms.
Mooberry, who was self-taught as a craftsman, runs the design and business end of Kinloch these days and has four or five craftsmen in the shop. In this audio slide show he describes a range of pieces Kinloch has made in recent years. The work glows with superb craftsmanship and in Mooberry’s voice one can hear the genuine delight he and his craftsmen take in each piece they make.
Doug Mooberry’s work appeared on the back cover of our latest issue, FWW #210. For more on his techniques, read Carvings Cap an Impressive Chest. This article gives details on how he carved his sea shell chest of drawers.