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Artisans Center of Virginia

 Andrew Pitts - FurnitureMaker

Transforming wonderful woods into equally wonderful pieces of custom furniture that people can use.

Artisans Center of Virginia Juried Artisan

I design and make contemporary Virginia hardwood furniture, and I relish the freedom to transform wonderful woods into equally wonderful pieces of custom furniture that people can use in their homes and offices. I am largely self-taught with 40 years woodworking experience, although like many of my generation I was greatly influenced by the work of contemporary furniture masters like James Krenov and Sam Maloof. My prior career in the Navy as a nuclear engineer and ship Captain unexpectedly prepared me as a designer, as the discipline I learned translated into an astute attention to detail and pursuit of perfection. I have had the rare opportunity to broaden my thinking by studying under contemporaries such as Canadian furniture designer/maker Michael Fortune and English wood carvers Chris Pye and Kristina Madsen. At my workshop in the secluded forests of Northumberland County, I use mostly local Virginia hardwood trees in my furniture, much of which I harvested, milled and dried myself. My design approach is to celebrate the wood’s inherent beauty, respecting its imperfections and variations, while mastering it as a material through techniques like bent lamination, hand carving, and innovative uses of CNC to make fine pieces that are graceful, yet powerful.

Professional Distinction: Commission/Custom Work, Consignment/Retail, Demonstrations, Exhibition, Instruction, Public Art/Installations

Andrew Pitts

Member of Trail Networks:
Northern Neck Artisan Trail, site # 2





Monday, Wednesday - Saturday: 9 AM - 4 PM

667 Courthouse Road
Heathsville, VA 22473

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