Specializes in museum quality reproductions of furniture from the Federal period. His pieces are handcrafted one at a time, using individually selected lumber and veneer, the highest quality hardware and are carefully finished using era appropriate techniques. The defining features of his work are the inlays and bandings, which are made in his shop, and the finishing which brings out the high contrast. By making these in much the same way as a period cabinetmaker would have, he is able to achieve that appealing individuality, which is the hallmark of the originals. He was chosen by Early American Life Magazine as one of the best 200 craftsman in America each year from 1999-2010. He has contributed articles to Popular Woodworking magazine, Fine Woodworking magazine, and The Journal of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers. A piece of his work was displayed at the White House in 1999.
Specializes in bespoke furniture. A graduate of the prestigious College of DAAP at the University of Cincinnati where he studied Industrial Design, he enjoys working with clients to design and build unique pieces that are as individual as the customers they are designed for. Dwight has 20 years teaching experience and 30 plus years woodworking experience he is also the founder of Little Miami Handworks.
Is a lifelong resident of North Carolina where he lives with his wife and two daughters. His interest in woodworking started as a child and has been an avid hobbyist woodworker ever since. Examining and documenting antique furniture is a passion of Will’s. Not just for the overall dimensions but the tool marks and methods used to make the piece. Then using what is learned to build new pieces using same tools and techniques. Will teaches at The Woodwright’s School in Pittsboro NC, has written articles for Popular Woodworking Magazine, hosted several project videos with Wood and Shop, and Lost Art Press. He also posts woodworking articles at WK Fine Tools and contributes to the Lost Art Press blog.