Hank pushes the limit of practicality in his designs: chairs boarder on the improbable, tabletops have windows into the joinery below, curved joints intrigue the eye and provide the builder his daily dose of dilemma. His innovation is responsive to an intrigue with materials: fused glass, the live edge of a board, the Rorschach images of book-matched veneers provide inspiration. The primacy of wood appears in the dynamic book-matches of solid walnut on his Akira Coffee table, in the raw edges and natural knotty charm of benches, in chairs and tables sometimes twisted or fractured, sometimes revealing bark or the outline of a tree’s form. A dancerly movement surfaces again and again in his Fred Astaire Series, his Windswept Table, his Boulder Tumble.
“You might say I’ve been involved with working wood all my life. Mentors, in my younger years, fostered a fluency in wood construction. A fascination with the richness of grains, color, figure and reflectance: the warmth of wood that pleases the eye and hand, guides my work to this day. Following these passions, I have dedicated my professional life to working wood since the early 1980s.”