Mesquite Executive Library Desk by Gerry Lamanski
Posted By Matt Schumake | Updated: 02/28/2014 1:17PM
As a master craftsman, Gerry Lamanski calls upon traditional woodworking methods to craft custom, heirloom-quality furniture. As a resident of Arizona, he integrates the pioneering spirit and untamable beauty of the American Southwest in his original designs.
For each piece, Lamanski uses custom-cut pieces of Southwestern woods including cottonwood, aspen, mesquite, juniper and ponderosa. Live edges, knots, and limbs are accentuated in the designs, making each piece as unique and inimitable as the original trees themselves.
Lamanski's varied background lead him to building southwestern-styled furniture: 4 Years of Science and Industrial studies at Central Michigan University; Marines OCS-PLC Candidate program at Quantico; Michigan Industrial Education Society, multiple Grand prize winner furniture making; 2 Years of Design Classes at Mesa Community College; 4 years of Apprenticeships 1982-1986, Woodworking-Design and Manufacturing of Industrial Machines and implementation into the production lines-Hospitality Industry.
He also had a 3-year stint as an Escape Artist-Prop Maker for a local troupe in central Florida, before founding Arizona Ranch Furniture, creating pieces for high-end clientele, the hospitality industry, and commercial retail.
His mesquite executive library desk best exemplifies the medley of traditional woodworking and Southwestern character. It features panel and stile construction and hand-cut arches, along with rough-hewn posts, a live edge along the top, and a hand-rubbed finish. Click on the slideshow to view more of Lamanski’s work.
Company: Arizona Ranch Furniture
Location: Tempe, Arizona