Artist's Statement

My career in furniture making began in the realm of 18th century American furniture, as an apprentice with Master Craftsman, Eugene Langdon in Pennsylvania.

Coming from the roots of traditional furniture making has given me an appreciation for form, function, and composition. While still making 18th century reproductions and doing restoration work, my desire to serve truth and beauty has turned me inward to seek my own designs, which incorporate traditional furniture making techniques and forms.

Great attention to detail, hand-tooled carvings, joinery, and hand-rubbed finishes are characteristics of my work. My goal is to bring the soul of a tree back to a life of grace that will endure for years to come. I feel that the only way to accomplish this is through a reverence for the wood with hand shaping and carving, and the time inherent in that. I apply the straight forward, straight lines, curved or fanciful. Inspiration for my designs often come from the endless shapes and forms in nature, which accounts for the wide range of forms in my furniture and sculpture. It is my hope that those of you with a discerning eye and adventurous spirit, who seek out the unusual, will invite one of my pieces into your home.


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Jean D. Bouteiller

54 College St.
Litchfield, CT 06759
phone: 860-672-3139
email: thewoodmistress@optonline.net