ABOUT THE ARTIST
My goal is to highlight the natural beauty of each wood piece and make furniture that is as pleasing to the hand as it is to the eye.
I began woodworking over 35 years ago - I crafted my first coffee table out of a slab of cherry from a tree on my great-grandfather's Michigan farm. The challenge of creating a table to honor that history and the beauty of that wood sparked a lifetime love of woodworking.
- Craig DeBussey
Each piece is a journey of knowing and not knowing. Most projects let me use techniques I have learned in the past, while challenging me to do something I have not done before. Layered on this dynamic of practice and discovery is the satisfaction of those points when the wood reveals itself to you.
If you have a project you would like to discuss, contact me.
Where did the name come from? Line Tree is an old surveying term. "Line trees" are what surveyors called the century-old trees often used as points of reference, trees that formed the point where boundaries came together.
In the same way, LineTree Woodworks is a place where different and complementary elements come together... a beautiful piece of wood, my years of experience as a woodworker, and the needs of my customer.
Working with wood
I work primarily with native hardwoods -- cherry, black walnut, maple, beech and oak. Each of these woods has a characteristic color, strength and grain pattern.
There are also an increasing number of other native species and exotic hardwoods that are sustainably harvested and offer some beautiful options for fine furniture.
When appropriate for a given piece, I like to use a 'live edge' slab of wood for table tops and benches. By this I mean the shape of the wood follows the natural contours of the living tree from which it was cut.
The use of live-edge slabs, a style developed by the legendary woodworker George Nakashima, has become very popuar in the last few years.
I almost always use clear, hand-rubbed finish to bring out the natural colors and grain of the wood.
The final element of any piece is the ‘touch” of the wood, this is what lets me know the work is complete.