Tom Huang – Studio Projects

Some kitchen utensils
June 25, 2011, 10:27 am
Filed under: Design

Inspired by Tlingit spoons, this design for a pair of salad utensils is a commission for my friend Louisa.

Wikipedia : Tlingit -( pronounced-/ˈklɪŋkɨt/ or /ˈtlɪŋɡɨt/; also spelled Tlinkit) are an indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest Coast.[2] Their name for themselves is Lingít,[3] meaning “People of the Tides”[4] (pronounced [ɬɪnkɪ́t]). The Russian name Koloshi (Колоши) (from an Alutiiq term for the labret) or the related German name Koulischen may be encountered in older historical literature, such as Shelikhov’s 1796 map of Russian America.[5]


Juxtapositions-finding beauty in dissimilarities: an iPhone photo series
June 25, 2011, 10:11 am
Filed under: Art


A stash of highway dividers off the pennsylvania turnpike.

On my way back from the east coast. Can’t wait to get caught up with everyone!


June 19, 2011, 1:08 pm
Filed under: Center for furniture Craftsmanship, Furniture

I’ve just completed a busy 2 weeks in Maine co-teaching with Maine furniture maker Tim Rousseau. We had an incredibly dedicated class of students from all different walks of life. In the end, in the short two weeks we had 10 of the 12 projects glued up!!!

Keeping in mind that the joints were cut by hand, and much of our two weeks was spent learning the skills to do this work, I was impressed with the dedication and energy of this group.

Here are some of the pieces, and a link to Tim’s website.



One of Tim’s fantastic demonstrations.

Although I was slated to teach with Peter Korn, I ended up teaching with Tim due to an unforseeable circumstance. Regrettably, I was not able to spend time getting to see first hand, Peter’s skill as both a teacher and maker, but my week with Tim was amazing. Tim is a highly gifted teacher and maker. I can see clearly that the center’s careful cultivation of relationships with local talent as well as talent from abroad bodes well for its future as a highly significant Mecca for the world of furniture making.

Australian maker and teacher David Upfill-Brown is also currently a resident fellow here. A previous instructor of the 9 month comprehensive, David has become a mentor both in the studio and on the water. A consumate fly fisherman, he graciously guided me into the best bass fishing I’ve ever experienced! His generous nature and contagious exuberance is paralleled only by his remarkable eye, highly skilled hands, comprehensive understanding and acute articulation of insight into furniture making. Here he is shaping legs for a commission of beautiful dining chairs. An image of a previous design follows.




Latest exploration in the studio
June 3, 2011, 9:05 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Andrew and I have been working steadily on this bench throughout the semester. We finally got a chance to vacuum form this test end cap before I left for Maine to teach at the center for furniture craftsmanship.