Matt will be at The Reserve June 8th-15th as part of the Community Foundation’s Artist-in-Residence program. Matt is a woodworker who specializes in the making of handmade furniture. He moved to Walhalla from Bellingham, Washington in 1994. In addition to making furniture, he is also a part-owner in Stream Works LLC, which specializes in the re-vegetation and environmental restoration of streams and wetlands. Over the past decade he has planted over two million trees on sites from Memphis, TN to Tarboro, NC to Pensacola, FL. With that, he comes full circle, as trees are the resources that enable him to pursue his craft.
2002-2003, Matt and his father built a timber frame shop from trees cut and milled on his property. His father began teaching Matt the craft of building Windsor chairs, replicas of chairs originally built in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. Matt has since taken what he has learned from both his father and Joe Graham, a chair maker in Ohio, to create his own furniture that ranges from traditional to modern. Matt also makes other pieces of furniture, along with beautiful handmade canoes and kayaks.
June 10-14, Matt is hosting an on-site workshop here at The Reserve. Those taking the class will create a Windsor-style wooden stool by the end of the week. Spectators are welcome to stop by the Hill House to watch Matt and his class in action during the hours of 9 and 11 am. A gallery of photos from the class and finished products will be posted on our Facebook page.
Want to see more?
Matt has a collection of his work on display at the Hill House June 3 – 27.
Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Hill House Gallery is located at 534 Pine Grove Church Road, Sunset SC 29685.
Save the Date: August 3 – 10, our second Artist-in-Residence, writer and local historian, Katherine Scott Howard will be with us. Watch for more details about Katherine’s visit to The Reserve on the Community Foundation page of our website!