About Gordon Miller

My background is varied from heavy industry to cabinetry and furniture building.  I have always taken a less-than-traditional approach to design and construction.  When I consider a project, materials, building methods and style should all work together to provide a natural blending of color, line and form that maximizes the impact of the project.
 
Materials
I use local hardwoods (Midwest) with a few mixed exotics.  Most of my lumber has come from local woodlots where I harvest trees that have been damaged by wind or other trauma.  
 
I use low VOC finishes wherever possible with a shellac sealer.  I avoid stain, preferring to allow the color and character of the wood to shine through. I have been experimenting with natural stains like walnut husks, dyes such as vinegar and steel wool and other methods of treating or distressing lumber to achieve a desired, sometimes dramatic effect.
 
GMW Designs & Customer Custom Designs
 
My personal style is a mix of modern, rustic and Arts & Crafts. I use a lot of natural edge or "live edge" slab wood with knots, checks and non-structural splits.  Function as well as form is necessary with all of my projects.  
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