Scott Stewart picture making a table

When I'm asked how long it takes to make a piece of art furniture, I give the construction time. But that does not account for my personal experience, centuries of woodworking tradition, or the life span of the trees that I shape. For me, it began at the age of 4 in my father's basement shop in Casper, Wyoming. He taught me about wood grain and sanding, how to start a saw cut, and my favorite, nailing stuff together. The lessons that most guide me were about finding passion in life, striving to achieve my best, and maintaining a 'can do' attitude.

Despite this early opportunity, I never thought of myself as being creative or having artistic ability. My university career focused on engineering and applied physics. Elegance had been part of the equation....but I was far from the art arena. During the years of study, I worked part time building custom cabinetry and basic furniture. The work made me feel like I was a pretty solid artisan.

Early on, my interest in furniture was increasing. I rebuilt and repaired a fine antique...a combination curio cabinet, writing desk, and rolling wine service. Badly abused with peeling veneer, it otherwise worked perfectly. Taking it apart, I was struck by the clever design, expert craftsmanship, and how strong it was despite its lightness. Deep inside, I found the makers signature, obviously a sign of pride, but hidden on a panel inside the construction. The thought that an object could be built so well as to outlive its creator touched me.

My creative spirit awakened years later when I attended an American Craft Council show. The amazing work on display was a revelation and humbled me. Inspired, I began building original design furniture. Years passed and my passion grew. I bought tools, honed my skills, and began to think about making furniture full time. I took my first halting steps toward artistry in 2003. By 2005, having won two best in show awards , I committed to furniture making full time. My skills and designs constantly evolve with the challenges I encounter. I continue to add to my body of original work and enjoy exploring new paths I find via commissions. My shop is located in Portland, Oregon