When a work of art also serves a utilitarian purpose, as does furniture, its form is affected by its function, writes sculptor and furniture maker Wendell Castle. To give a design unity, he strives to fuse aesthetic, mechanical, psychological, ethical, and other levels in each piece. He deals mostly with organic forms, trying to produce a synthesis or metamorphosis of natural forms. He shares his ideas on these issues, on the relationship woodworkers have with their material, and on how he laminates, to realize certain forms or to build up volume as he goes.

From Fine Woodworking #5