Exotic Wood Creations
By Matt Schulz
Much as photography is an opportunity to see what the photographer envisions,
my pieces are designed to showcase my vision of the possibilities of wood.
The furniture that I create combines the solid craftsmanship of classic furniture
building with an eye for the natural esthetics found in exotic woods.
Wood joints, pegs, dowels and glue hold each piece that I make together.
Screws and nails are rarely used. In order to bring out the natural luster of the
wood I apply at least four coats of a hand rubbed tung oil and polyurethane mix
followed by two coats of paste wax, which contains protection against moisture
and ultraviolet rays. In today’s fast paced society where everything is done as
quick and easy as possible it gives me a great sense of accomplishment and pride
to know that I can make a piece of furniture the way that it was crafted over
one hundred years ago. Each new piece as well as exotic wood brings its own
challenges and personality, so that I am educated by every piece that I create.
Born and raised in Delavan, Wisconsin, I have been
heavily influenced by my hard-working midwestern
upbringing. My work reflects the natural progression
of my lineage. My grandfather is a master carpenter,
and my father is an artist working in multiple media.
This led me to pursue a bachelor’s degree in fine arts at
Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.
I have always felt drawn to three-dimensional media.
The clean lines and natural themes of Frank Lloyd
Wright served as a major influence in many of my early
pieces, and continue to inspire me to let the materials
that I am working with speak for themselves. By using
woods with different color, texture and grain
properties I am able to extend my chairs and tables
beyond furniture craft into an art form.
I do not build furniture to make a statement, nor do I want the person sitting in my chair
to feel transported to another consciousness. My pieces are an attempt to educate my
audience about quality construction, and to raise their awareness to the natural beauty of
When I first began making small inlaid boxes, people would often compliment my faux
painting techniques. They simply weren’t aware that wood came in colors other than
brown. By using woods with different color, texture and grain properties I am able to
extend my chairs and tables beyond furniture craft into an art form. Much as photography
is an opportunity to see what the photographer envisions, my pieces are designed to
showcase my vision of the possibilities of wood.
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