Kit Clark Furniture
I’m a furniture maker, a designer, a builder and an artist. My interest in building furniture was sparked at the University of New Hampshire, where I received an Associates Degree in Forestry. One of my courses was a “source to finish” class involving everything from harvesting, skidding and cherry picking to sawing the timber in our own small mill. I became fascinated with wood as a building medium. I got my degree at Montana State University where I spent summers as a horse logger and carpenter apprenticing under my Uncle Robert Clark, master carpenter and equestrian extraordinaire. I built a cabin for myself in the Gravely Mountain Range in southwest Montana. While I enjoyed carpentry and building, my true passion was fine furniture.
I attended an intensive furniture and design program at The Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina; then opened a studio/shop for a brief period of time in Bozeman, Montana before moving my life and business to North Ferrisburgh, Vermont in 2000. In 2007 I studied under master chairwright, Hal Taylor, focusing on building Sam Maloof style rocking chairs. In the spring of 2016 my family and I moved to North Yarmouth, Maine in the rolling hills northwest of Portland. Presently, I focus on building everything from traditional to modern, Sam Maloof-style rocking chairs to one-of-a-kind pieces. I invite you to call and make an appointment to meet at my shop. Please send me an email if you have any questions about my designs or any project ideas.
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What furniture designer or maker do you admire most?
I'll join the masses on these two designer/makers but they deserve it. George Nakashima and Sam Maloof.
What was your favorite piece to make?
This would probably be the first coffee table I made while at The Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. A fun/complicated piece filled with complex hidden joinery that incorporated a beautiful Kewazinga veneer for the table top.
What one piece would you most like to make that you haven't?
This would have to be a display cabinet morphed with a credenza. I have more than a few designs in mind for this and would incorporate tons of fun, intricate inlay that would keep one's eye busy for hours!
Favorite drink and favorite place to drink it?
A pint of Guinness at Campbell's pub at the base of Croagh Patrick, Ireland.
What would be your last meal?
A rare 12-ounce filet mignon with twice baked potato, extra butter.