John Spivey Fine Furniture

John Spivey Fine Furniture

About The Artist

John Spivey • Santa Barbara, CA

I'm a 75 year old man in a one man studio. I make studio furniture that is a joyous and elegant sculptural minimalism. I use both hand tools and power tools for my work. I make primarily chairs and tables and the wood is carefully chosen for each aspect of the pieces.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

My work is inspired by the flow of lines, whether that of a mountain range, a tree branch, wood grain, or Japanese calligraphy.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

It's the wood. I buy most of my wood in flitch sets from a mill in Pennsylvania. When the wood arrives it's like Christmas.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

Much of my work uses live edge, but it's probably the most sensitive use of live edge that you've encountered, far more elegant than rustic, a tribute to the lines of the tree. People find my chairs to be the most comfortable wooden chairs they've ever encountered. When they first sit in the chair their faces show a look of surprise that changes into sheer pleasure.