John Thoe

John Thoe
Seattle, WA

I first learned woodcarving in the mountains of Norway at the age of seventeen, while spending my senior year going to school in a small town in the Telemark region. My teacher, Kjitel Hesteledalen, was a local woodcarver who had been trained in the traditional Norwegian Baroque and Rococo styles of carving. He was also something of an anarchist and believed in experimenting with new forms and in using a diversity of styles. I trace my own interest in experimental designs and diverse styles of carving to Kjitel's early influence.

I entered college upon my return home, but after a... more

I designed this option the summer of 2017. This table opens from 8-10-11-12 persons.
This set has figured maple splats in the chairs and a square inlay at the top of the table leg.
Laurel Medium Grande Table with Butterfly Leaf Set ( Neo chairs)
This price includes table and 2 arm and 4 side chairs in the Original size. The table is $5850, each arm chair is $1625 and side chair is $1450.The grande size is $16,000.
When I designed this for a show in 2000, I realized the larger arch of the back rest allowed me to design the Grande sized chairs I make, These chairs are 1 1/2" wider than my Original chairs
These chairs are made from high fugure veneer logs I buy directly from the saw mill in Pennsylvania.
Hand Carved Wooden Spoon, 5.25” x 1.25” x 12.25”h, John Thoe, $140, jth005
Hand Carved Salad Servers, 4.5" x .75" x 12"h, John Thoe, $120, jth011
I designed this to accompany along side a grand piano or over looking a vast view by a window. Sitting above what a chair would place you, the impact is that which you'd experience standing.
This is from my "Table Scap" line of work that I use high figure slabs that are not useable for table tops. I buy logs from a specialty saw mill in Pennsylvania cut, sequenced and dried. The first and last slabes of the tree have too mcuh sap wood to be used for dining table tops but are excellent use here. A figured log has the highest figure closest to the bark. Hence, this is the most vibrant part of the log. Notice when you walk across it how the grain has an opelessece that dances.
Hand Carved Wooden Ladle, 12” x 4.75” x 2.75”, John Thoe, $80, slm11