Wharton Esherick

Chairs, table in foreground, sofa and wood paneling/sidingby W. Esherick.

Chairs, table in foreground, sofa and wood paneling/sidingby W. Esherick.

I like this guy.  I like his relationship with wood.  And I like how he discouraged his clients from buying his pieces as investments and told them that they should appreciate them for their intrinsic merit and usefuleness.  The “dean of American craftsmen” made some really nice pieces.  The chair shown in the the picture above, his music stand and small ladder are my favorites.  He was a pioneer in what is now called the Studio Craft Movement.  Never mass produced, his rare pieces are highly desired by discriminating collectors....surely because they have so much intrinsic merit.  With such a great body of work, we are all truly #standingontheshouldersofgiants!

Wharton Esherick at his studio in Pennsylvania

Wharton Esherick at his studio in Pennsylvania