Canandaigua, NY, US
Scott Grove designs and makes award-winning art furniture with a harmonious blend of uniquely carved woods with radiant figured grains and multi-media sculpture. For over thirty years he has developed unique and unconventional methods in his approach to furniture making. As a self-taught woodworker, Grove is known for his expressive work with layers of artistic expression; his pieces are a combination of uniquely carved texture and radiant veneers with asymmetrical matching. His work creates a desire to touch each piece for a sensuous, pleasurable experience. Sophisticated and elegant with a touch of whimsy, his work raises a sense of wonder and delight.
Grove has work for world renowned Wendell Castle and lectures and teaches worldwide. He has been featured in publications such as Fine Woodworking Magazine, Celebrated Living (American Airlines First Class Magazine), Woodshop News, Architectural Record, Interior Design, Design New York, The Robb Report and the Los Angeles Times, among others, as well as HGTV’s The Furniture Show and Woodworking in Action Series. His work is part of the permanent collection in the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He has also authored a comprehensive veneering book published by Schiffer Books: Advanced Veneering and Alternative Techniques.
Grove lectures and teaches internationally and most notably at the Chippendale International School of Furniture and Marc Adams School of Woodworking.
Here’s what Marc says:
“Scott is blessed with technical expertise and has been given the gift of effective communication skills as well. He knows how to guide his understudies through a path of ‘discovery by directive’. With his leadership and instructional sequencing, his students learn hard skills at a fast pace. What separates Scott from all other woodworking artists/craftsmen is how he motivates and inspires us all.”
Grove expertise is with veneer and has development a number of unique methods for working with it. For example, Grove creates asymmetrical matching patterns that allow for more artistic expression while working with the intricate patterns within the wood grain.
In addition, his developed method to manipulate the wood veneer in ways never seen before, bending it in extreme compound curves. Veneer typically bends only like a sheet of paper—in one direction, curving to make a cylinder. However, Grove has successfully veneered a female nude torso casting. He has won his fourth International Veneer Tech Challenge Award, a prestigious and unprecedented achievement, using these techniques.
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