About The Artist
Thomas Hughes • Portland, Oregon
"Making" has always been part of my identity, and I'd be lost without it. My hope is that I can combine my love of folk art with engineering, woodworking, and metalworking skills to create objects people will be proud to grace their homes with. Carefully crafted, one at a time, these pieces are my joy and passion. Western softwoods and Milk Paint are the primary materials of my work and are combined with machined metal parts that assist in helping the kinetics run smoothly.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
The things I make start with wood. Wood is shaped, sawn, and carved into most of the components. Sometimes leaving the grain natural looks best, other times I add coloration with the matte finish of traditional Milk Paint. Machined brass bushings, pulls, and other highlights are used where wood isn't quite up to the task. All of the craftwork is done in my studio.