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Stephen Metz

After high school and working in a factory, I met a man named Palmer Sharpless – the head of the woodworking department at the George School in PA. He realized my passion for wood and encouraged me to continue my education.

I went to Philadelphia College of Arts (PCA) where I met Leonard Hilgner, a true artist brought up in the European tradition. After two years of attending PCA, I transferred to Bucks County College (BCC) for fine woodworking and studied under Stephen Ripper, who also attended PCA. During college, I met Ric Hanisch, fellow woodworking, architect, and designer. My early influences were James Krenov and Sam Malouf.

After graduating, I became an associate member of Guild Ten – a group of 10 craftsmen consisting of woodworkers, metal workers, painters, and artists collaborating twice a year for shows. Through these shows I met George Nakashima. This path led me to a commission to design and build the interior of a two wing, three floor addition that would accent multiple George Nakashima pieces. This project went on until 1999, when tragedy struck and I lost my tools and shop to an electrical fire.

During my rebuilding years, I spent time restoring 18th century farm houses and their interiors with the Sullivan Building and Design Group. In 2004/2005, a new studio was completed, thanks to the help of many artists and friends. Since that time, I have been able to continue designing my live edge furniture using sustainable woods.