Ellen Kaspern


      Color Block Pencil Holder Materials: Ash, Dyed Poplar Dimensions: 3.25 inches High x 6.5 inches Wide x 1.75 Deep Year: 2014 NFS – By Commission Biography: Ellen Kaspern is a custom furniture maker and is a graduate of the North Bennet Street School’s Cabinet & Furniture Making program in Boston. She started woodworking in her father’s woodshop as a young child. After college & graduate school she decided to pursue a career in furniture making. She owns Ellen Kaspern Design and has been a member of the cooperative Fort Point Cabinetmakers in Boston since 2004. She has been teaching in the continuing education program at North Bennet Street School for over a decade. Ellen demonstrates woodworking techniques and has presented her skills at Peabody Essex Museum, Old Sturbridge Village, Concord Museum, Plimoth Plantation, Fuller Craft Museum, along with other institutions in the Boston area. Along with using reclaimed wood, Ellen has been exploring color through the use of dyes and inlay in her recent pieces. www.ellenkasperndesign.com

      Artist Statement: My recent designs are inspired by wood that would typically get thrown out. From this came my design of the “scrappy” table and color block pencil holder. The table has a delicate base. I achieved this by cutting a slight angle on the legs to give the table a lighter feel. The tabletop is made up of maple. I then used orange dye to tie the top to the butternut and walnut base. The orange dye gives the table a bold punch. I am originally from Pennsylvania and am drawn to the bright color of hex signs that can be seen on barns. The inlay, stringing & dyes in my recent pieces, such as the color block pencil holder, are inspired from my Pennsylvania heritage. I was trained in traditional furniture making. I use traditional techniques in my construction while adding a modern twist with bright dyes and colored veneers as well as reclaimed & “scrappy” wood.