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MAKER'S STATEMENT:

I am Pete E. Michelinie, furniture maker. It is my goal as an individual to create only that which will be cherished, admired and passed down for years beyond my own existence. This is why I hold high standards in my execution and attention to detail.

Every piece I make is first hand drafted to fully understand the details even before lumber has been cut. Throughout the building process all surfaces are hand planed to give a quality that looks and feels smooth and fair. I employ traditional joinery techniques such as mortise & tenon, miters, and dovetail variations. These methods have been tested over thousands of years and have proven themselves. I choose to cut joints mostly by hand because it allows for creative control and a proper fit. All of my work is finished by hand, whether with shellac, lacquer, oil or wax. Furniture is interactive and the finish plays an important part in the interaction with the hands and eyes.

I work primarily on commission, designing pieces together with the client. Every so often I work on my own designs and ideas for galleries and shows. I am always open to discussing potential projects.

MY BACKGROUND:

Throughout my life I have always been taking things apart and putting them back together. I spent my teenage years working on mopeds, motorcycles, various gadgets, vegetable oil powered cars and gazebos. After graduating from high school I took a trip half way around the world to New Zealand where I spent five months working on farms. It was then that I came to understand how important it was for me to make a living with my hands.

Upon returning home I enrolled in the two year Cabinet and Furniture Making Program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA where I learned techniques that would allow me to create just about any piece of furniture I could dream up. A deep appreciation for classical form and proportions were included with the education I received. Along the way I grew to love the natural beauty of the world, and the feeling of being immersed in it. This manifested into a series of long hikes; the Appalachian Trail in 2008, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010, the Continental Divide Trail in 2012 and Vermont's Long Trail 2013, putting me into the ranks of roughly 170 people who have ever walked all of America's long distance trails.

My love of the great outdoors has taken me across the country south to north, and my passion for woodworking has taken me east to west and back again. Along the way I've set up shop in a half dozen locations. From North Andover, MA to Portland, OR and in 2011 across the Mississippi again to Vermont. I now live in Woodstock, VT with my wife Cassidy and make a nice living building furniture.  I work alongside Cassidy's father Josh Metcalf, an amazing furniture maker.  You can find his work at www.JoshMetcalf.com.

You can find me instructing woodworking at the Dartmouth College Woodshop on occasion.

I am a proud member of the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers.  You can find my work, and that of many other talented makers at www.vermontfurnituremakers.com.

 

 


 


 
 


PETE E. MICHELINIE, FURNITURE MAKER
PETE@MICHELINIE.COM 802.245.4765