Friday, July 6, 2007

Time for fine design and craftsmanship

Traverse City woodworker Joe Stearns has been designing and building furniture more than 20 years. With formal training in architecture, he's studied with several woodworking mentors. Most important, though, is his passionate interest in all aspects of fine woodworking and design which he's studied as a full-time occupation since 1999.

Joe gives equal emphasis to craftsmanship, design and selection of the finest materials available. His finished works are characterized by an uncluttered, organic flow of lines and shapes. His designs are intended to transcend the dictates of any particular school or style and to be intrinsically appealing on the strength of their roots in time-honored principles of form and proportion.

We're currently carrying five different styles of Joe's clocks including the "Open Frame Oval" shown above. These unique clocks are his latest designs. He uses the finest quartz-movement clockworks and sculpts each one by hand from a variety of beautiful wood combinations. They can be fitted with alarm clocks for your bedroom or displayed as art pieces on on your wall, shelf or mantle.

This one is cherry and wenge, $245. Call Gallery Fifty for more information: 231-932-0775.