Andrew Glantz holds a BA and a Master’s degree in the Teaching of Art from Wesleyan University and taught Graphic Arts and Photography for over 10 years. Switching to construction, renovation and architectural detail in 1978, he founded Zenith Design and worked as a contractor until 1984.
At this point, he retooled and reorganized his business to design and produce sculptural contemporary furniture and has been making fine pieces in a one-person shop ever since. Andy served as a Trustee of The Furniture Society and is a past President. He has published articles in several of the well-known wood-working journals and enjoys all aspects of creating fine furniture. An engaging teacher, dynamic presenter, talented maker and creative problem-solver, he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the classroom, shop and lecture hall.
How did you get into working with wood?
My father had a small shop and it was my favorite place. I started making things at an early age and have continued to just “make things” every day.
How did you develop the skill base to do the work that you do?
I was never formally trained in wood working, or in furniture design. I have pushed myself to do more intricate and complicated pieces, and I have learned a great deal in the process. I am not afraid to learn from others and to try some new technique or material, understanding that the first stab (and maybe the second and third) may end up on the scrap heap.
What inspires your creations?
I enjoy the dialog between convex and concave surfaces, since they echo forms found in nature and anatomy. This then gives pieces a more lively line and sense of volume.
What would you tell your younger self starting out on your artistic journey?
Don’t take a commission you don’t like and don’t cut corners to save time and money.
Do you sell your work?
I have sold a great deal of work in the past, but at the moment I am concentrating on writing, teaching and making things for our home.
What is your favorite Arbortech Tool and why?
I use the Industrial Woodcarver on almost every project. It’s ideal for me and it enables me to create the complex curves that are so inherent in my work.
If you were a type of wood what would you be and why?
I’d rather be an old and vibrant tree – sequoia, kauri or juniper. Lumber these days is such an industrial product. We all love the organic and elegant shape of trees, and the first thing we do to them is make them square, straight and regular. I feel that it is my job to give these boards a second life as something as compelling and beautiful as a tree.
How do you like to spend your time when you are not working with wood?
I enjoy cooking and make dinner for my wife every night and for friends regularly. We enjoy hiking, outdoor water and snow sports and have spent time recently exploring the world’s best snorkelling spots.
Every element in this piece is coopered and sculpted from mahogany or wenge. The doors are convex from left to right, but concave from top to bottom. Because of the top to bottom curve, the hinges had to be shop-made to accommodate both the long leaves necessary and the holes that follow the curves of the door, which are not in line from top to bottom. This was a very challenging and rewarding piece to build.
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