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David Selditz, West Coast/Asian Influenced

I came to this craft years ago after attending a lecture presented by the archivist and historian for Stickley Furniture. I found my direction and began pursuing American Arts & Crafts design. As the work evolved, I had to determine how to generate income while joining a fraternity of very gifted craftspeople.

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Humble beginnings
West Coast/Asian Influenced
David Selditz
West Coast/Asian Influenced
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Pagoda Box

Humble beginnings

My humble beginning consisted of an 8" contractor's saw, a 4" jointer from Sears, and an incongruous mess of hand tools. I began making boxes in their most fundamental form and at some point went outside the design "box." While playing in the shop with different forms, I came up with what I called the Pagoda Box and to my surprise and delight, a couple of local galleries took them on consignment and actually sold them.

After a few years of making these simple boxes, I experimented with architectural forms and produced a large, functional jewelry box based on the American bungalow.

Though labor-intensive and costly, they succeeded. I've since slowed the pace of boxes and redirected my focus on furniture.

I discovered Charles and Henry Greene through a book by Leslie Bowman titled American Arts and Crafts: Virtue and Design. The four or five images within reflected the best of Greene and Greene furniture in form and function. I immediately thought, "who wouldn't love this stuff?" The problem was how to build it, so I began a journey with the help of some of the best craftsmen in the northwest.

After developing a level of confidence and relying on the tutelage of my mentors, I managed to build a small line of occasional furnishings that consist of hall entry and side tables, a spin on a Harvey Ellis bookcase, and a Greene-and-Greene-style sideboard. Among these pieces I developed a fondness for the hall entry table.

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