Why I Love New Hampshire

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As a young child I grew up spending summers with my family on Squam Lake, New Hampshire.    This is where I learned how to swim, fish, and love nature.  Squam Lake is surrounded by so  many gorgeous mountain ranges, it  is an almost unbelievable paradise. The Presidential Range, home of Mt. Washington, is breath taking especially during fall when the foliage explodes with hues of reds and yellows. Did you know that the highest wind speed recorded in the Read More…

TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY

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   Jim Zink Furniture Maker is working towards sustainability by considering economic and environmental issues in New Hampshire.  Simply put, sustainability means to use resources in a way that they are not depleted or damaged forever.   His first step towards creating zero waste is by building furniture with heirloom quality.  High quality furniture won’t be tossed in a landfill.  Although Jim uses exotic wood from time to time, he is currently using local wood for his Read More…

CFC Class of 2014

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Above you’ll see a photo of my fellow classmates and me at the Center for Wood Craftmanship in Rockport, Maine.  We were part of the 9 month comprehensive program.  Here’s a description from their website:  “The Nine-month Comprehensive is designed for aspiring professional furniture makers and dedicated amateurs who seek in-depth training at the highest standard of excellence. The hands-on, project-oriented format includes the full range of furniture making skills. Sequential projects take students from the Read More…

Butsudan

Butsudan

I was inspired to create a Buddhist Altar (Butsudan) by the genuine happiness that I experience when I hear my wife’s melodious chanting.  The tiger maple wood used is symbolic of  the peacefulness that Buddhism exudes.  Traditionally altars in Japan are used as the center of family worship and devotion.  The altar serves as a connection between a family and the world of the afterlife.  A Butsudan is a wooden cabinet with doors that enclose Read More…

Innu Bench Story

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My furniture designs are built to emphasize innate beauty of natural wood grains and patterns.  In the Innu Bench, I manipulated the natural colors and patterns  to complement the spiral form which resulted in an exciting combination that reflects my interest in contrasting colors!  I was inspired to create this bench when a group of school friends and I competed in the 24th Annual US National Toboggan Championships in Maine.  While waiting for our turn to Read More…