Jamie Herman of Cambridge, Vt., has received the 2019 Alden Artisan Advancement award for a five-legged side table design from the New Hampshire Furniture Masters.
Herman received a $1,000 scholarship to put towards the development and promotion of his proposed side table. It will be featured in the guild’s annual design book and exhibition.“I believe the Alden Artisan Advancement award will be a huge opportunity for me, allowing me to learn from masters of my craft while I try to keep pushing the boundaries of what I can make from wood,” says Herman.
Herman submitted a computerized rendering of his proposed table design, made in walnut with white inlays. The legs of the table will be angled in a spiraling pattern down and away from the top. The aprons and stretchers will be hand-shaped and twist from one leg to the next.
Herman recently graduated from the Immersion Program at the Vermont Woodworking School in Fairfax, Vt.
“I want to make furniture that feels unexpected,” he says. “I want my designs to be novel, but also to retain a sense of elegance upon proportion and balance. My inspiration generally comes from my love of geometry and the desire to challenge myself with complex joinery and technical woodworking.”
This article originally appeared in the February 2019 issue.