I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO EXPOSE THE CLIENT TO A WIDE SET OF STYLES SO THAT THEY MIGHT PICK AND CHOOSE ELEMENTS THEY’D LIKE TO SEE IN THEIR PIECE.

Often, I work in styles of the past that are unwavering and stand the test of time, both aesthetically and physically. These include but are not limited to, shaker, Danish, mission furniture, Victorian, and traditional and contemporary Japanese.  My belief is that these styles use proportions and elements that are found in nature and are therefore, in a way, outside of time.
I also admire many contemporary elements, especially when simplicity and contrasting woods are used to great effect. I like to marry these style aspects with my own evolving aesthetic to create timeless, one-of-a kind pieces.
Although I do enjoy my share of artistic license in each creation, I prefer a design to be a collaboration with the client. I like to ask questions and extract as much information about the space where a piece is destined to live and also determine a customer's personal preference in the many parts that make up the finished work..
My hope is that, in the end, the client will take home something that they have a deeper connection with because they played an important role in its creation. I also hope that they take pride in knowing it was constructed from local and sustainably harvested woods. 
-JJB