Designing with wood

Founder/Owner/Artisan Hugo Saavedra creates pieces that spring from the uniqueness of the wood.

We’ll let him tell you about it.

“In the creation process of my furniture, several factors are involved: one is the medium, which is mainly wood. When I see an interesting figure or grain direction in a particular piece of lumber, the process begins as a cascade of possibilities and questions. Is there enough wood for a table or a cabinet? May I combine with other species? Could I employ different colors and figures to create a dramatic effect?

Secondly, design, shape, and size. These three things are interrelated and relative, depending on the species selected and lumber availability. Besides construction, perhaps this is the one aspect involving more time as it starts before the physical work and continues until the finishing stages. Throughout, I’m always readjusting some part of the design as everyone interacts and comes together.

Wood is a natural product with annual movement, which brings us to the third factor. There is different hardness between species, and every one of my pieces present a challenge to accommodate all of these things to achieve a product lasting generations using traditional techniques and joinery. Somehow I want to achieve a connection between my work and the old craftsmen in their skills, dedication, and pride in their trade achieving the type of results they had – objects they created and built which are still present today. 

As a medium, design and intention start colliding while the factor making the sublimation is skill and physical work. Now, another set of questions arise. What is the best joinery of the woodworking repertoire? Can I make it without mistakes? (We all do, learning in the process.) The physical work is the fun part. It’s the time when I interact with the material and the idea to create a unique piece that becomes part of the world.

What you see from my work is the result of a fluid interaction between vision, creativity, material, and skill. Its the crystallization of me in an object, as artist and craftsman.”

                                                                                                                         — Hugo Saavedra