Michael McCoy
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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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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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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.

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Mike Jarvi badassedly constructs his signature one-piece, the Jarvi Bench. Mike Jarvi info at http://www.mikejarvi.com Music by: Driftless Pony Club -- Pluto...
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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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An Old Drafting Table Reimagined

Posted on October 19, 2011 at 7:05pm 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 11:10am on September 11, 2012, Brigitte Martin said…

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At 6:54am 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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