"From my inspiration to the final finishes, my furniture making process begins and ends with the beauty of a slab of wood," says Greg Klassen, who has gained notoriety follow profiles in influential design blogs Colossal and Core and in the August 28 Wall St. Journal.  

"My custom designs accentuate the natural beauty of raw materials. Clear finishes, applied by hand, allow the grain and rich colors of wood to shine in heirloom fashion, for furniture of enduring value and beauty."

Educated at College of the Redwoods, Fort Bragg, CA, Klassen finds orders arriving from all over the world for his tables, made from salvaged logs, glass and steel or wood frames. Prices range from $5,600 to $8,200, according to his website, http://www.gregklassen.com. He sells his furnishings through  BigCartel.com

Klassen says he receive a degree in theology, "Before I traded in my textbooks for a handplane."  I studied furniture design & fine woodworking in such diverse locales as California’s redwood coast and an island village in Sweden, where I trained under two important furniture masters.


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