Who I am.....
I'm a Kiwi; a New Zealander. I'm a man of few words but have always found my voice in woodworking and carpentry. I obtained a trade certificate in 1999 in NZ in cabinetry and furniture production. I specialized in native, New Zealand wood species. After a short time, I decided to travel the world via work visa's. Along the way I met my wife, Ann, in Arizona. Three boys, one girl, and twin grandson's later, we find ourselves bi-continent folks.
Through my travels, I have encountered a wide range of wood species that I hope to bring to life in creative, unique designs that are handcrafted, reclaimed, and sourced local. I hope you enjoy the finished product as much as I enjoy the process of making each piece!
What I do.....
I reclaim AZ hardwoods in culled orchards, green waste, trees felled in storms, old furniture needing reinvention, spent oak wine barrels, retired barns, and so forth. I seek to use what others consider no longer useful - it is a challenge to turn these items into something useful again, while highlighting what nature has already created. I use a combination of old world techniques and contemporary methods, selecting specific species, milling the tree on-site, and then drying. This process allows me to handcraft my designs from the tree to the finished product. I do not use veneers or fillers but solid wood for longevity and beauty.
Yes, it takes longer but I think it's worth it!
Cheers! Michael Kennedy
JOIN US AT OUR UPCOMING EVENTS!
Tempe Arts Festival - Nov 30 - Dec 2, 2018
Artisans Open Studio Events in Scottsdale - Nov 10, 2018
Desert Botanical Garden (Plant Sale) - Oct 19-21, 2018
LocalTrade - November 17th
More coming to our calendar!