Erik Curtis

Erik Curtis

Poughkeepsie, New York

“This life is not for complaint, but for satisfaction” — Henry David Thoreau

I have found few things that bring me as much satisfaction as making fine furniture. There is a completion in bringing an idea to tangibile reality, but also a real contentment in the doing of the thing—a satisfaction not only in the end result, but in the work itself.

After spending my college years searching for my calling, I spent two years in my Philadelphia apartment reading, researching, and practicing joinery on my coffee table. I then decided it was time to pursue the passion I had found. After moving to New York, I spent the next year taking classes, making pieces, and spending a month learning under Paul Sellers, a renowned hand-tool woodworker, in Greenwich, NY. Then I decided I was ready to push myself to a new level of craftsmanship, and I enrolled in the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s 9-month comprehensive program. There I honed my craft under the guidance of Aled Lewis and some of the finest woodworkers and teachers from around the world.

Currently I am based out of Poughkeepsie, NY. There I have a small shop wherein most of my work—and nearly all of my joinery—is still done at the bench, where I daily feel the satisfaction I was once seeking.

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