About the Artist
Locust Grove Woodworks
I have been building fine quality furniture and wood products since 1982. I have had an unusual journey, having been a part of the Amish and related Mennonite groups for most of my life. Their legendary ascetical worldviews had a profound influence on my work and manner of construction.
I have also aspired to producing my furniture in the most sustainable manner that I can, and have for many years ran my shop entirely by hand or literal horsepower. In fact, with one of the Old Order Mennonite groups that I was a member of, this was the only permitted way. No electricity or gas engines were allowed.
I continue to follow this concept in the use of my draft horses to power some of my tools, as well as the use of electricity for others. My goal is to slowly change from mostly mechanical horsepower (i.e. using gearing & lineshafts) to horse powered generators that can produce the more reliable power of electricity. Plans are to construct and install a horse treadmill for this purpose.