As the son of a Maine wooden boat builder, I grew up with the sounds and smells of woodworking and the shapes of wooden hulls under construction. I began professional woodworking in custom cabinet shops over 25 years ago—at first merely as a familiar means of funding a college education and other creative pursuits. I learned from many talented craftsmen and designers working in shops in Seattle and back in Portland, Maine while also piecing together a Bachelor’s Degree focusing on art, creative writing and music. While in graduate school in the 90’s woodworking and, more specifically, furniture design, finally won out over academia and became my full-time focus. I began my business—Eben Blaney Fine Furniture– in 2000 in Portland, Maine and two years later I designed and built my present shop just up the coast in Edgecomb.
The images shown are some of my more recent designs that have emerged from the years of custom work and my continual experimentation with shapes, color and structure. Some are examples of commissioned projects, others are speculative designs—both fuel and are fueled by an experimental approach that is about creative exploration of unique forms.
I work in all kinds of wood often combining clean angular lines and occasional large arching curves or curved forms. I enjoy creating pieces with bold gestures and animated stances and use exposed joinery as points of visual interest.
Whether its one of my own designs or a custom creation for a client, my goal for every piece is to combine the highest degree of artistic and engineering design with impeccable craftsmanship using the most beautiful and appropriate materials.