Tom Dumke is a self-taught woodworker with a deep respect for the furniture craftsmen of the 17th and 18th centuries. Their knowledge of form, balance, joinery, and wood movement is evident in the pieces of fine furniture that still exist today. Dumke relies on the shared expertise of those craftsmen from long ago and those of today.
The Shakers have had a profound influence on Dumke's work with their clean, unadorned simplicity, and the functionality and craftsmanship of their furniture. Whether building an exact reproduction or drawing inspiration for his own designs, Dumke keeps the basic Shaker tenets in mind. His pieces are intended to harmonize with the environment, and he uses native, sustainably harvested solid wood species in his work.
Tom Dumke grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and learned a solid work ethic from his father, a controller for Delco Electronics. From Dumke's earliest years, he was always curious about how things worked and how things were constructed. By examining how things were made, Dumke developed an appreciation for the careful and precise use of tools. He is a self-taught furniture maker.
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Award of Distinction, Pensacola, Florida, Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival, 2015
Award of Distinction, State College, Pennsylvania, Central Pennsylvania Arts Festival, 2015
Merit Award, Fort Worth, Texas, Main Street Arts Festival, 2015
Creative Craft 3rd Place, Vero Beach, Florida, Under the Oaks Art Festival, 2015
Award of Merit, Tampa, Florida, Gasparilla Ars Festival, 2015