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William Winfield

Turner Winfield Design

"I am inspired by the graceful simplicity of the graphically rich Art Nouveau movement. I have found a state of flow creating my inlay—I lose track of time as I assemble the many small pieces. I make use of the most appropriate woodworking techniques from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century. "

After forty years of making commercial furniture and custom kitchen cabinets, Winfield has turned to creating smaller, more delicate pieces. Inspired by visits to Art Nouveau centers in Europe, his interest is in creating fine graphic detail. As an older craftsman, he focuses on lighter projects that expand his ability to ''paint with wood.''

Winfield combines a variety of cabinetmaking processes to cut and inlay delicate veneers. The assembly process of inlay is much like a puzzle. After carefully sorting the many delicate pieces, gluing them in is an anxious pleasure. Winfield uses old-fashioned hide glue and finishes his work with a classic French polished shellac.

Winfield has been making cabinets and furniture since attending workshops at Penland School of Crafts in 1972. He then branched out into custom kitchens, furniture, and commercial fixtures. He is also a self-taught computer graphic designer for the CNC router. He combines this knowledge with eighteenth-century French marquetry techniques learned at The American School of French Marquetry.

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Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Art Fair on the Square | MMoCA, Madison, Wisconsin USA, Madison , 2009, 2010, 2011