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Tom Dumke

"My furniture is inspired by the clean lines of the Shaker form, allowing the highly figured domestic and exotic woods I use to be the focal point. This adds an artistic and functional facet to each piece. "

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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Sofa Table
Wood Console Table
by Tom Dumke
$ 2,495
Demilune
Wood Side Table
by Tom Dumke
$ 995
Tall Splay
Wood Pedestal Table
by Tom Dumke
$ 395
Foyer Sideboard
Wood Console Table
by Tom Dumke
$ 3,695
End Table
Wood End Table
by Tom Dumke
$ 1,295
Long Sofa Table
Wood Console Table
by Tom Dumke
$ 3,495
Two Drawer End Table
Wood Side Table
by Tom Dumke
$ 1,295
Cherry Demilune
Wood Hall Table
by Tom Dumke
$ 995
Music Stand
Wood Music Stand
by Tom Dumke
$ 995
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Best of Show, Omaha, Nebraska, Omaha Summer Arts Festival, 2014
Best Booth, Houston, Texas, Bayou City Arts Festival, 2014
Award of Merit, Winter Park, Florida, Winter Park Sidwalk Arts Festival, 2014
Award of Merit, Tampa, Florida, Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, 2014
Award of Merit, Naples, Florida, Naples Invitational Art Festiva, 2014
Award of Merit, Salina, Kansas, Smoky Hill River Arts Festival, 2014