Greg Klassen: Deep in the Grain
Trees are a touchstone for Greg Klassen. He grew up on a fruit farm in California surrounded by peach, plum, and nectarine trees, and he studied furniture making on the Northern California coast at the College of the Redwoods, whose name says all you need to know about the forest around there. He also spent a semester studying furniture making in Sweden, where, he reports, you can drive for hours and see nothing but trees. And he now lives with his wife and three small children in far northwestern Washington State, amid its wealth of massive trees.
As much as Klassen likes walking among the trees, he loves working with them. He’s made plenty of furniture from milled and dimensioned lumber, but in recent years he’s built more and more pieces from live-edged slabs of locally grown and sawn timber. In this slideshow, he talks about his educational journey–both through formal schooling and in the more serendipitous scholarship of working with the trees and slabs themselves.
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