Hank Holzer

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    Resident of Seattle, WA
    Hank's unique design style ranges from his more conventional pieces to the playful and edgy designs often influenced by the unusual way he might view his materials.
Photo of Morrison Dining Set by Hank Holzer
Photo of Akira Dining Table by Hank Holzer
Photo of Howards Dining Table by Hank Holzer
madrona burl base and western walnut top
Photo of Akira Dining Table and Chairs by Hank Holzer
Photo of Akira Dining Table by Hank Holzer
Photo of Cliffs Table by Hank Holzer
Photo of Encompass Buffet by Hank Holzer
Photo of Morrison Buffet by Hank Holzer
Figured western maple and wenge
Rocking Akira Chair
Photo of Encompass Chair by Hank Holzer
Cantilever Chairs
Dhasta Chair
Akira Chair with 4 legs
Photo of Akira Sofa Table  by Hank Holzer
Photo of Akira Coffee Table  by Hank Holzer
Photo of Samsara Coffee Table by Hank Holzer
Western Red Cedar Rocker
Photo of Hip Hobbit Chairs   by Hank Holzer
Box Makers table
rough hewn Indonesian door top and primative looking teak base
Photo of Deco Cabinet by Hank Holzer
Photo of Kubista Hall Table  by Hank Holzer
Photo of Fred Astaire  Cabinet by Hank Holzer
Photo of Akira Lounge by Hank Holzer
Photo of Once A Tree by Hank Holzer
Textured Western Walnut bench
Photo of Vagner Bed  by Hank Holzer
Photo of Vagner Nightstands by Hank Holzer
Western Walnut living room rocking chairs
Bubinga Rocker for living room
Endless Sofa Table in Madrona and Madrona Burl
spalted maple rocker #1
madrona bench
Spalted Maple Rocker
Endless Winter
wabi-sabi bench
Photo of Vagner Nightstands by Hank Holzer

Hank often pushes the limit of practicality in his design aesthetics. Sometimes furniture dances more than standing still. Other times chairs boarder on the improbable only to be found so comfortable when finally used. Tabletops might have windows into the joinery below, other surfaces might be highly textured, twisted even fractured, with structure restored through inlays and tinted epoxies. Benches, chairs and tables sometimes seem to grow right from the trees. The furniture he builds, he hopes to amuse and entertain the owners, it is furniture that will continue to delight for generations.

Hank finds working with all the curved shapes both challenging and rewarding. Many unusual tooling techniques need to be created to manage the pieces. "It usually takes far longer to design the jigs to safely hold the pieces than is takes to actually use the equipment. It would be far simpler to build more straight forward projects but then what would be the use of being a designer? It's really fun to come in each day and not know what the next set of solutions will be, basically, how will I work my way out of this dilemma "

Hank started his professional woodworking career in the early 1980’s. Before this time, while a practicing chemist, he studied furniture design and began building furniture for himself and friends. Before this time, in college, he spent many spare hours in friends shops. Yet further back in High School he spent most days with a friend and mentor in his wood shop. And then going back to grade school, he lay down under tables and chairs wondering what it was that held these things together and tracing the lovely grain patterns in the surfaces.

“You might say I’ve been involved with wood and woodworking all my life. Growing up in the Midwest and surrounded by mature hardwood trees, I gained an early appreciation for the gift of this material. The diversity of grains, color, figure and light reflectance makes for appealing visuals, the warmth of wood feels so good to the hand.”

Read about Hank Holzer in the press
Pro Portfolio: Hank Holzer and Judith Ames: Labor of Love
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Fine Woodworking July 29, 2009
Studio furniture-makers transcend nature, one unique piece at a time
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The Seattle Times December 7, 2008

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