A Custom Furniture Maker's Passion: Variations on a Theme by Greene and Greene

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Nationally known furniture maker Darrell Peart pays homage the Brothers Greene in pursuit of his life's passion.

It is not often that true inspiration leading to the theme of ones life's work can be found. Many of us spend our whole existence pursuing the "American Dream" only to find it wanting. Whole industries have been developed to help us find our true life's path.

So it is that nationally known furniture maker and designer Darrell Peart feels truly blessed to have found life's passion at an early age. Peart, who is known for his Greene and Greene style furniture designs, has been passionately working in wood for 36 of his 56 years.
For the past 17 of those years Peart's work has ranged from exact reproductions to loose interpretations of the Brothers Greene. Says Peart, "My passion lies in creating new designs, but for me the past plays a big part in that. A personal understanding of Greene and Greene design is essential to what I do. I see great value in the approach taken by aspiring artists who spend countless hours copying the great masters in the Louvre. I recently produced a near-reproduction of the 1908 (Greene & Greene) Gamble House dining table. I thoroughly dissected the piece in the process and I believe my personal understanding of the Greene's work was enhanced." Peart's influences also reach beyond Greene and Greene to sources ranging from James Krenov to Seattle's Aurora Bridge.

"Years ago I gave myself the freedom to borrow from any source as much or as little as I like. I do not feel compelled to stay within any bounds that define a particular style. No rule has been made that cannot be broken. This freedom to design without boundaries works both ways. I am free to take in as much or as little from a particular style as suits my fancy. Greene and Greene just so happens to be an excellent fit for me, and has become the primary theme of my life's work."

Peart's enthusiasm extends beyond the drawing board, to the shop. As a young boy, his father taught him the value of an honest day's labor. Says Peart, "Once the drawings are done, I am simply on fire for the smell of sawdust and the feel of my tools in my hands." This approach is evident in his recent book, Greene & Greene: Design Elements for the Workshop. "I am firmly rooted on both sides of the equation: designing and building are equally exciting to me. In my book, I made a point of profiling both the Greene brothers, who designed the furniture, as well as the Hall brothers, who built it. Both sets of brothers were irrefutable masters in their own rights and worthy of great respect."

"I recently had the great honor to personally meet and talk with Sam Maloof. In his 90's now, Sam is still designing and spending full days in the shop. Like Sam, I plan on never retiring. What could possibly top something that fuels my passion and is so rewarding?"

Peart says his passion is fluid and he allows it to take him wherever it may. For the foreseeable future though, that passion is: Variations on a Theme by Greene and Greene.

About Darrell Peart
As a recognized expert Darrell Peart both teaches and lectures nationally on the subject of Greene and Greene furniture construction and design. He has written articles for Fine Woodworking, Today's Woodworker, Home Furniture, Woodwork and Popular Woodworking Magazines. His first book, Greene and Greene: Design Elements for the Workshop was published in April 2006.

Gregory Anderson of the prestigious Robb Report Collection dubbed him the "Guru of Greene and Greene" (December 2005). He currently serves as Fine Woodworking Magazine's online forum expert for Greene & Greene and Arts & Crafts Style Furniture. With over 35 years of woodworking experience, his furniture has appeared in various galleries; has been featured in both local and national newspapers, magazines, and books; and in private collections throughout the US.

For more information about Darrell Peart please visit http://www.furnituremaker.com. Additional information and high-resolution digital photographs are available to the press upon request

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Darrell Peart
Darrell Peart Furnituremaker
9824 30th Ave SW
Seattle, Washington 98126
425 277 4070

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