Conversations in Craft Spotlight: Greg Brown
Greg Brown CF ’10: Hall table, Eastern walnut, air-dried eastern walnut crotch slab
Paired with Drop leaf table, ca. 1820, from the collection at Fruitlands Museum
Looking at this table’s bold slab, it’s clear that Greg is drawn to “working with powerful pieces of wood.” Drawn to the historic farm table for the same reason, he is energized by “finding magnificent pieces of wood and deliberately manipulating them to enhance the grain and show off his technical abilities.”
Greg constructs small models of his pieces and gradually scales them up several times as part of his design process. This allows him to troubleshoot issues in his complex designs before engaging with valuable and rare wood.
Greg was taken by how the slab naturally split, exposing the grain “like sunlight hitting rippling water.” He constructs small models of his pieces and gradually scales them up several times as part of his design process. This allows him to troubleshoot issues in his complex designs before engaging with valuable and rare wood. Greg’s work explores the interplay of crisp, finished edges, organic shapes, and the natural patterning of the grain.
Greg is a 2010 graduate of the Cabinet & Furniture Making program. His work balances many aspects of woodworking, from architectural elements and built in work, to custom embellishment and free-standing work. Greg has also been a member of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters for several years, including his recent development of the Alden Artisan Advancement scholarship.
Drop leaf table ca. 1820 (left), Greg’s Hall table (right)
This is part 12 of a 13-part series on the artisans in “Conversations in Craft,” a collaborative exhibit with NBSS and Fruitlands Museum.