Live edge and finished wood tables on custom steel bases
The materials that I select for my pieces always come with a story. Ok, maybe not steel. But, wood always has a story. The rings tell of years of growth. Good years and hard years.
I've always loved making things. I was that kid building forts atop the highest tree in the neighborhood. Using the world around me to create things that made me happy. Pursuing a life of creativity, I graduated with a degree in Fine Arts and Sculpture. And, despite a lengthy detour into design and technology, the Artist in me is alive again. I've begun creating functional art that makes me feel in touch with the world around me again.
I want to create objects that people love and want to keep forever. Hopefully passing them on to new generations with love.
Sustainable materials have been described as "... products that provide environmental, social and economic benefits while protecting public health and environment over their whole life cycle, from the extraction of raw materials until the final disposal."
Using reclaimed or sustainably harvested wood purchased from enviromentally conscious wholesellers helps me stay in synch with that life cycle. Using reclaimed metal for the bases is a bit harder. But, I do my best. Additionally, I try to use non-toxic finishes.
From early conversations about a particular piece to the final product, it's all hand crafted. I am personally involved in every step of the process. From sourcing materials to crafting the individual elements that make up the final product.
That said, I have yet to master making screws and other necessary items required to finish most works. Although, learning to forge my own materials is on my bucket list.
I love to solve problems for people. Whether it's how to design and build a functional kitchen island, a coffee table that inspires or an end table that provides that little extra space you want for your book and hot tea. I strive to work with you to create something you'll want to use every day.
I normally start with a conversation about your need. Then with a vision and measurements in hand, I draw up something in 3D, move to materials and finally build. The process requires lots of communication and trust.
Contact me about creating a custom piece for your home or business.
I'm always open to talk about new projects, so don't hesitate to get in touch. My Facebook page for Sean Millis Functional Art is here. And you can follow me on Instagram (@smillis) for weekly updates on custom projects.