Inside a workshop: Jeff Spugnardi, woodworker
December 31, 2014 - accent chair
Name: Jeff Spugnardi
Where we live: Arlington
What is a one square of apparatus we use that we can’t live without?:
“A Lie-Nielsen low-angle jack craft to make play ideally flat.”
“When I’m not creation stuff, I’m . . .”: “Sailing, or messing about in house sports, or meditative about pattern for a subsequent pieces.”
Jeff Spugnardi doesn’t wish we to demeanour during his rocking chairs. He wants we to lay in them.
“When we go to shows, it’s a conflicting of snobby places that say, ‘Don’t touch, usually demeanour and buy,’ ” a Arlington-based woodworker said. “I tell business to have a seat. You see their face go from doubtful to carrying a biggest smile.”
That rocking chair is Spugnardi’s (self-described) signature square out of his collection of handmade timber furniture. The 45-year-old crafts chairs, tables, desks, slicing play and some-more in his groundwork timber shop, and also gets commissions to make custom, built-in cabinetry.
Spugnardi’s career has enclosed stints as a Marine during Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and as an e-commerce dilettante in San Francisco. Although he’s been operative with timber for many of his life, it was usually about 10 years ago that he incited it into his full-time job.
“I’ve always been doing woodworking on a side,” Spugnardi said. “Even in a Marines, we was propitious adequate to be nearby woodshops.”
You’ll find justification of a skills and interests of his sundry career in his woodwork. Take, for instance, a walnut and CO fiber dining list he recently built. The table’s eye-catching component — a “check,” or crack, in a timber that he filled with solidified CO fiber — was desirous by a lifelong passion for boating, from his time as a Marine to sailing in a 2000 Olympic trials. Carbon fiber is used to make high-performance sails, Spugnardi said.
“I adore a alloy of outlandish with normal wood,” Spugnardi explained. “I’m regulating materials like CO fiber and metals where it doesn’t browbeat a piece, yet it’s a purify accent. I’m always asking, ‘What can be done?’”
When it comes to selling and sales, Spugnardi’s sundry credentials also comes in handy. While sailing in San Francisco with Olympic ambitions (ambitions that were never realized; he admits he never stood a chance), Spugnardi founded an e-commerce Web site for companies usually commencement to sell products online. Now, he said, he knows a significance of amicable media and online branding. You’ll find his work on CustomMade, his possess personal Web site, Facebook, Instagram and more.
“I adore regulating technology,” Spugnardi said. “You get pointless people commenting on your wood. It’s community-building.”
Spugnardi pronounced he enjoys visiting exhibits and talks around D.C., sketch impulse from a likes of furniture makers Sam Maloof and James Krenov — Spugnardi pronounced he has lustful memories of conference Maloof pronounce during a Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery before his genocide in 2009.
In his possess workshop, Spugnardi uses as few energy collection as probable and incorporates live edges in his work when he can.
“Nature can foreordain what something can demeanour like, that is infrequently a best motorist for a finish result,” he said.
Spugnardi pronounced he sources timber from all around a Washington area and has used reclaimed wood, yet sparingly.
He pronounced his rocking chair is a many difficult square he makes, with some-more than 100 pieces of timber that need to fit together rightly and no true lines to work with.
But, Spugnardi said, it’s a many gentle chair you’ll ever find: “It’s unfit not to lay in a chair.”