Michael Robbins is a designer who handcrafts each piece of furniture in an old barn in the Hudson Valley of New York. With a background in photography, Michael learned his woodworking skills while helping build a handmade house in Vermont. Learn more about Michael in his Meet the Maker profile after the jump...
Where did you study/train? I went to art school in New York where I studied photography. After that I worked on trail crews in the Adirondack Mountains which lead to an opportunity to work on a remote hand made house in Vermont. It was a small timber framed cabin without electricity. There I learned a foundation of skills from a very talented woodworker. That lead to building a small adobe in New Mexico after which I bought my first lathe and made my first stool.
What was the first thing you made and sold? My first sale was a large color photograph to a photography collector. The picture was of a low slung industrial park next to a large round hill, everything was covered in a dusting of fresh snow, everything was beautiful and white.
(Images: Michael Robbins)