What We Do

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We design and build custom furniture and architectural woodwork. While most of our furniture is sold through Galleries, we also work with Architects and Interior Design professionals, as well as individuals, to produce furniture and architectural projects to specification.

We are a small company with a limited production, and intend to stay that way. The nature of our work is such that the process, while it can be automated to some extent, will always be dependent on the skill and capacity of the individual craftsman. Being small, we view each client and project as unique and personal.

We began to get interested in sketch-face veneer work back in the late 1980's and early 1990's, as the use of unusual wood veneers was experiencing a resurgence of interest and demand in the Pacific Northwest. Sketch face veneer is any face sheet of veneer that is laid up from a design sketch or drawn pattern. Over several years, our interest evolved from using just the diamonds, reverse diamonds, starbursts and other traditional patterns into something a little different.

Our furniture and architectural millwork uses sketch faces of exotic and domestic wood veneers in many figures and colors. We set out to develop a technique, patterns and designs that are very labor intensive and extremely difficult, if not impossible to produce using automated machinery. Each joint in the face sheet is cut one at a time, creating joints that cannot be matched by laser cutting or bulk cutting many pieces at once. Each project is produced individually, ever mindful that finished quality is determined at each step of the process, and that each has a character that will never be exactly reproduced again.

You may notice the influence of marquetry, intarsia, even parquetry, as well as the use of tessellations, in many of our patterns. All these terms describe our work, yet none really fit. Marquetry in the European tradition, with its use in the highly decorated furniture of the 18th and 19th centuries, has been our foremost inspiration. The use of black inlay to define and accent many of our designs is, to the best of our knowledge, unique to our work. Also unique to our work, is the use of vibrant colors that are impregnated into the cellular structure of the wood, producing colors of an intensity and clarity that are unattainable through other methods.

Although tabletops are the first application that comes to mind, any horizontal or vertical surface where finished wood would normally be used can provide an imaginative opportunity; cabinet doors, architectural doors, lobby furniture and paneling, for example, all offer interesting possibilities.

While much of our work is quite contemporary, we certainly are capable and willing to work with more traditional designs. Please have a look at our website Gallery to see some examples. We would love to have the opportunity to work with you, whatever your preference.

Items represented on this site are examples of past work and although each is unique, they can be similarly reproduced, modified and reproduced, or if you have something specific in mind, we will be glad to work with you on your own custom design.

There are always some pieces, not yet pictured, in the shop awaiting distribution as well. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or comments you may have.

Have a look around. If we can be of help, we'd love to hear from you.

Barry & Carol Tribble


Stop by and see our shop if you are in the neighborhood.

Gallery and Designer inquiries invited.