scott grove, Rochester, 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.

Gender: Male

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Re: Is Digital Manufacturing a Friend or a Foe?

I (Scott Grove) am glad to see my essay raised the grain. Obviously it is a personal decision on how to sand it back down, either by hand or with powerful lasers. For me, as a professional fine woodworker for 35 years, it is often a business decision that guides me, although I still get plenty of hands on, which satisfies my soul.
My biggest concern is the waning appreciation of the patron and society in general. The fact that most people don’t care how a piece of furniture is made, by hand or by CNC, saddens me for this lost appreciation of our craft. SplitsNwarps nailed it (by hand) with the deceitfulness that some woodworkers may have. If someone doesn’t say he or she uses CNC to create a piece, is he or she lying by omission? If nothing is stated, is it implying that the piece is made by hand, especially since the term “woodworking” used to be synonymous with handmade? Are they taking advantage of a dull, ignorant consumer?
Not being honest with the public is the true tragedy here. As woodworkers, it is our duty to convey how a piece is made, either by traditional hand tool techniques or the latest and greatest technology. Both have merits and can be appreciated in their own right. By raising awareness and educating the public, we can hone our craft back to where it used to be, with integrity and honor for our skill set. I am not interested in another overseeing agency, BUT I believe it is time for some sort of certification, coding or simple universal language that identifies how a piece is made. Stay sharp my fellow woodworkers.

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