Outside of his work with the school, Miguel spends his time crafting custom pieces for exhibitions and special-order clients. “The work keeps me sane,” he says. “It isn’t a money thing. I enjoy the work I produce.” This work, coupled with countless inspirations from other surrounding artists, gave Miguel an idea that would give new definition to the phrase “if these walls could talk.”
In their Maine cottage, Miguel and his wife, Fay Larkin, made the decision to only use items crafted by someone the couple knew. He jokes, “I don’t know who made my refrigerator, but I know who made my kitchen cabinets, furniture, the dining room table.” When asked his reasoning behind it, Miguel says it’s a lifestyle choice: “It’s supporting people and what they’re passionate about,” stressing the need for self-expression.