New Hampshire Woodworker Peter Sandback
Design in all dimensions
Most woodworkers let the wood grain do the talking. Not so with Peter Sandback with a studio in Harrisville. His surface design of floral and organic abstract patterns are a foil to the simple configurations of his tables.
Sandback builds tables, many in a cube design, in all heights and shapes using maple that has been kiln-dried and then further thermally modified or “baked” at a lumber yard near Portsmouth. “It’s a way to get a really nice dark wood from a domestic species,” he says.
Sandback’s surface designs are inspired by floral fabrics of the mid 1800s. Using a large blowup of a favored design, he drills up to 13,000 holes through the paper and a half-inch into the wood that follow the pattern. Then he nails brass or aluminum nails part way into the holes. Finally, he sands off the paper and the nailheads revealing a smooth surface inlaid with small circles of metal. He says, “It’s awesome to see a big mess look finished.”
Sandman has a gallery in New York City where designers take their clients, and most of his work is purchased as a custom design.