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Groton, MA U.S.A
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My studio is a modern barn behind my home.
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Owner - Designer - Maker

An engineer in a family of artists, I was raised and educated in New York City. Emerging from a career in technology, my contemporary style is the natural fusion of my engineering background with an intrinsic sense of art and design.

I now live and work in Groton, MA where I founded Castlewerks in 2008. As a designer-maker, I concentrate on custom furniture and cabinetry along with small batch production of my Rocket Age inspired lamps. As my work has developed, I've found myself spending more time on lamps than furniture, so in January of 2011 I launched Rocket Age Lighting. I combine traditional hand tool methods of shaping wood with modern methods of vacuum pressing and lamination bending to create a unique style of functional art.
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http://www.castlewerks.com
What media do you work with?
I prefer American black walnut for its rich color and stunning contrast with the shoji paper that I use in my lamps. The textured shoji paper is specially coated to be tear resistant and surface washable, insuring longevity in each finished piece.

Lately though, as my work evolves, I've been using quite a bit of ash, dyed black and then top coated with a black polyurethane. The strong grain of the ash gives the pieces a wonderful texture and the black color works well with more modern designs.

Rocket Age Lighting Store on Etsy

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Making a Jarvi Bench

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Metal-fabricator Neil Youngberg never planned on taking over his grandfather's business and is now faced with passing on his legacy. In this short-form profile, VitaBrevisFilms interviews Neil Youngberg for the beginning exploration of our…
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Tarantella

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An Old Drafting Table Reimagined

Posted on October 19, 2011 at 8:05pm 2 Comments

It is trendy these days to ‘upcycle’, and many online storefronts are full of of reimagined-refinished-refurbished pieces that appeal to a vintage-loving, shabby-chic crowd. If you’ve been following my blog for any amount of time, or even if this is your first time browsing my collection, you…

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At 12:10pm on September 11, 2012, Brigitte Martin said…

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At 4:07pm on June 29, 2012, Glen Guarino said…

Michael, we hope you will send one of your lamps for our next online show here at Crafthaus

Enlighten Me

http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/crafthausexhibition/forum/topics/open-call-enlighten-me

As you know all Crafthaus exhibits remain online permanently.

At 7:54am on April 22, 2011, Brigitte Martin said…

Hello Michael,

 

Welcome to crafthaus, the network for fine craft artists and those who support them! I am very glad you joined us! Your crafthaus membership is valid through May 15, 2012.
Please look around and add your thoughts to the groups, blogs and discussions. Crafthaus is a participatory sport!

Please note that ALL images sent to the website editor are vetted to assure a measure of overall quality control. Unlike other image sharing websites, crafthaus is not a "free-for-all". Our members present their work in front of an educated and critical audience (their peers,) so the photos have to be GREAT. Our goal is to show our members' work in the best possible light. From the many images received daily, we aim to post as many as possible. Crafthaus heartily encourages comments from the membership, however, with regard to photos posted or not, we have a strict "NO WHINING" policy in effect! :-)

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A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

Arriving at this message is the goal of this traveling exhibition opening at the SNAG conference in Boston 2015, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016.

DETAILS on exhibition premise, call for artists, submission guidelines.....

Rachel and Brigitte will be appearing on the wonderful Jay Whaley Metalsmith Benchtalk Radio Show, talking about the Co:Operation Garnish project, how they came up with the idea, what the project is about and the plans moving forward.

The radio show will be LIVE on air September 25, 2014 @ 6PM EST / 3 PM Pacific.

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