Thomas Deady

Photo of Koa Box Entry Table by Tom Deady
Photo of  Three Tiered Table by Tom Deady
Photo of Mango Side Tables  by Tom Deady
Utility Stool
Gallery member since 1981
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I have been an artist most of my adult life. I was a painter for many years until I attended Central Washington State University in 1971. There I studied a variety of media, but once I started unfolding the artistic forms of wood, that became my main focus of attention. In 1975 I became a full time woodworker. In 1983 I built a 1000 square foot studio in the historic area of Black Diamond, WA. I lived with my wife, Beth, in our home next to the studio. I am a member of Northwest Fine Woodworking. In 2004 I retired to Sun City, AZ where I continue to do woodworking in a shop attached to my house.

I feel that there are several aspects to consider when constructing fine furniture. The first consideration is the selection of wood. I prefer to work with Koa and Mango hardwoods that come from Hawaii.  I also enjoy working with Birdseye Maple because it is so expressive. I hand select each board looking for distinct and unusual grains that will blend to form the piece of furniture that is developing in my mind. Another important aspect is the design of each piece. My artistic background has given me the ability to design unique and interesting pieces. I love to draw flowing lines that make my finished creations stand out from ordinary furniture. The third aspect is the combination of my design with the techniques of steam bending, laminating, and hand sculpting to achieve the beautiful, flowing, soft lines I feel are important to the finished work of art. My work can be found all around the world in countries such as Japan, England, and Saudi Arabia as well as multiple locations in the United States.