Michael Brown, Woodworker and Chair Maker
Michael creates his pieces following traditional methods found in Windsor chairs with elegant lines and a modern feel. Custom built to fit the owner’s height, weight and leg length, a deeply sculpted seat and flexible back make for an exceedingly comfortable chair.
Michael works mostly with wood from his own land and is happy to work with a tree from a purchaser’s property as well.
Michael received the 2011 Cedar Creek Gallery Award at the 42nd Annual Fine Designer Crafts Show in Raleigh.
I sailed to America in 1985, stopping in Bermuda to repair hurricane damage. Where I met my vacationing future American wife Theresa. After spending seven years in her home state of New York, we took to our boat to find a place to settle, and knew we had found our home when we saw Pamlico County, North Carolina.
After buying some woodland on the edge of Beard creek I started to selectively cut trees to build our home. These I sawed into posts and beams, and following the finest practices of generations past, I raised a frame of pine, poplar, oak, and maple connected with wooden pegs, that glowed golden in the setting sun, and cut right to my heart.
We have some of the finest woods in the world growing right here, and I am fortunate in being able to work with them. Most of my work is made from North American hardwoods and trees from my woodlot, or salvaged from storm or landscape clearing. Plus my source of sustainably harvested mahogany. This is the most eco-friendly way of producing a wood supply that I can imagine.
I have chosen a simple path in life, all my work is handmade, each step was undertaken with respect for the material and the maker. Living the quiet country life working with my hands, I am truly blessed.
All my work comes with a lifetime guarantee; if any part should fail in my lifetime I will fix it.