Phil Wendt Furniture Design
I’ve been woodworking for since 1989, focusing primarily on designing and building fine furniture. My early inspiration for furniture design came from the Arts and Crafts period, and was further influenced by the simplicity and directness of the Shakers.
Although I’ve been building my own contemporary designs for many years, I haven’t strayed too far from my earlier influences. I’m drawn to clean simple lines, and strive above all to create furniture that is comfortable, pleasing to the eye and to the touch, and that will last a lifetime.
I have designed and built furniture on commission, and have collaborated with architects and designers on furniture pieces for their client’s homes. My award-winning designs have appeared in shows such as Art in the Redwoods, Wood Creations, and online in Fine Woodworking. I am a member of the Sonoma County Woodworkers Association, and when purchasing hardwoods for my furniture pieces I use FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Certified wholesalers.
Art Tour of Japanese Artists and Woodworkers
On July 13, 2016 my shop and our home were part of an Art Tour of Japanese Artists and Woodworkers sponsored through the Mendocino Art Center. I considered it quite an honor to be asked to be part of the tour of local Artists’ Studios by these Japanese visitors. They spent an hour or two touring my shop and our home focusing on my furniture and, as it turned out, Barbara’s Art quilts.
Over the years, I had built most of the furniture that fills our home. It was a wonderful afternoon sharing ideas and experiences. It was also nice for us to be reminded that no matter how individual our respective art or craft pursuits may be, we are all still part of a larger creative community of “Makers.”
Bar Stool Trio in Sipo Mahogany, Wenge and Leather (Commissioned Work)
SOLD! This piece is currently on display and available for purchase at the Spindrift Gallery in Gualala. SOLD!
“Lyric, a perfect marriage of form and function. Execution is flawless.” 2008 Art in the Redwoods Judge Judi Throckmorton, in presenting the award for my “Organic Table in Zebrawood and Bubinga”.
To see how this display shelf was made, you can see the process at my In The Shop Now page.