For the past thirty-five years Brad Greenwood has been designing, creating and carving furniture of hardwoods. His dedication to Old World woodworking techniques, combined with his creative use and in-depth understanding of hardwoods, characterizes his ingenuity. His work is durable and well composed, blending craftsmanship, design and proportion.
The artist is recognized for his intricate relief carvings, hand tooled and rough sawn surfaces, and striking combinations of hardwoods. Also noteworthy is his remarkable talent to integrate antique and long-standing resources into his works. He often creates entertaining furnishings that contain distinctive features such as dioramas, animatronics, games, secret compartments and more.
Artist’s reflection: “For me, solid wood is tangible and real. Working with wood left close to its natural form pays homage to the history of the tree. Inconsistencies such as color variations, cracks, knots, or historical artifacts signify a part of the tree’s life. Its scars are a reflection of its past. My furniture is so natural in character, being perfect is not considered a quality.”
Primarily self-taught, Brad had the opportunity as a boy to learn alongside his dad in his workshop. They spent time carving duck decoys, refinishing furniture, repairing household items, boats, cars, trucks and more. He took a strong interest in wood and metal shop in secondary school and early on studied under furniture maker and teacher, Michael Cooper. Over the years Brad has tenaciously sought a deeper understanding of traditional woodworking techniques and the characteristics of many wood species. Additionally, he has enhanced his knowledge of traditional metal and iron fashioning skills in the manner of respected craftsmen of yesteryear.
Best in Show: Furniture, By Western Hands Invitational 2022
People’s Choice Award, By Western Hands Invitational 2022