Text by Cindy Cooper
Roger Myers found a second love when he retired from a career in manufacturing and engineering to practice his lifelong passion of woodworking. At StrathamWood Studios, located within an 1848 mill building on the banks of the Salmon Falls River in New Hampshire, Roger designs and builds many unique wood pieces for the home. The large windows in his workshop allow plenty of natural light for milling stock and fine joinery, while the defining details used on pieces are often applied later, generally with hand tools.
“I really have always enjoyed working with my hands and creating new work inspired by antique masterpieces as well as restoring valued family heirlooms for clients,” says Roger, who also teaches the craft to students of all ages and leads the woodworking program at a local Waldorf school. “Sharing with younger talent has really inspired my work and gives me the incentive to instruct on how we continue creating the new designs along with the masters of old.”
While small pieces such as boxes, decorative accessories, or a small gentlemen’s chest are available in the studio, other larger works like music stands or Portsmouth side chairs are custom-made to order. Many pieces are inlaid with textural elements such as bird’s-eye maple panels, intricate patterns like holly stringing, or sunburst patterns with highly figured walnut. Each piece is carefully planned to best reflect its time period in design. The music stands often include a custom-designed banding detail that incorporates the client’s favorite musical piece into the design.
“One of the intriguing aspects of my most intricate work is to first sketch a concept to replicate a historic pattern, locate unique blends of wood, and work to precise measurements for accurate reproductions of early 1800s designs,” says Roger.
A graduate of the respected North Bennet Street School in Boston, Massachusetts, Roger is chairman of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters and has won numerous awards, including several Best in Shows at the Fine Furnishings Show and Best in Wood with the League of N. H. Craftsmen. Roger is a lifetime member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers. He also offers specialized woodworking classes for those interested in developing their skills, and various East Coast studios from Maine to Massachusetts host his classes.
For more information about Roger and StrathamWood Studios, visit strathamwood.com.
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