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Today’s Events

  • Oct 31
    Tara Murino-Brault "Illuminations" Oct 31 to Dec 30 @Wolff Gallery
  • Nov 1
    Ralph Pugay - A Spiritual Guide to Brute Force Nov 01 to Dec 22 @Upfor Gallery
  • Nov 1
    Issac Layman - Never Was A Thing Nov 01 to Dec 29 @Elizabeth Leach Gallery
  • Dec 4
    The Immigrant Experience Dec 04 to Dec 29 @Blackfish Gallery
  • Dec 4
    HIBIKI MIYAZAKI – Paintings, Prints & Sculptures Dec 04 to Dec 29 @Augen Gallery
  • Dec 4
    Chasing Sophia Dec 04 to Jan 19 @Froelick Gallery
  • Dec 5
    Reverence - Jeffrey Conley Dec 05 to Jan 19 @Charles A. Hartman Fine Art
  • Dec 6
    Winter Group Exhibition Dec 06 to Dec 22 @Butters Gallery
  • Dec 6
    In Transit Dec 06 to Dec 30 @Blue Sky Gallery
  • Dec 6
    Variations on a Theme Dec 06 to Dec 30 @Gallery 903

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Stefan Straka, Furniture Artist

sculptural hardwood furniture
Artist Statement Years of building houses in Alaska and the Northwest has led me to seek refuge in the shop - there I can focus on the more refine side of woodworking. My furniture features solid forms, subtle shapes and highly figured wood. Process I start with envisioning the size and function of the piece I want to build. Next I choose the raw lumber. I often work with local Northwest mills using salvaged and hazard timber. I'm able to turn this high quality hardwood (Calro walnut, broadleaf maple, cherry), that these mills save from being wasted, into fine furniture. The qualities of the specific wood I'm using influences the finer details of the furniture (e.g., leg shape, drawer aspects). My finished pieces feature clean lines and accentuated exposed joinery.