An Interview with Tom Lawrence
Category : In Warner Arts - Joanna M
Hear the word “box”, and the mind naturally conjures up the unremarkable, brown container that thuds on your porch shortly before the UPS truck drives away. Tom Lawrence is a true master of the wooden box – turning the utilitarian container into a marvel of precision woodcraft. Tom, who is also my neighbor, kindly agreed to answer a few questions about his beautiful work.
How long have you lived in Warner, and what was it about Warner that attracted you and your family?
We’ve lived here for six yrs. now and have never looked back. Warner has a wonderful history of community and support for its local talent. Our property was ideal – lovely house with in-law apartment and a garage I could convert to a shop. All these factors made our choice of where to live a simple one.
How long have you been a wood craftsman?
I was a finish carpenter for 8 yrs. (late 70’s-early 80’s) then apprenticed and became a Machinist/Tool & Die worker for 20 yrs. About 15 yrs. ago I started working in wood again. I made a few boxes from woodworking magazines and found I really liked making boxes. After much encouragement from family, I approached Mainstreet Bookends with my work and have been happily associated with their Gallery for almost 4 yrs. now.
How long does it take you to complete of your Inlay box pieces?
Most of my boxes take about two days in the shop.
What your most challenging piece?
My most challenging piece would be a Cherry table for a client. I prefer working small, but a large project is nice occasionally.
Do you have any new projects or plans that you are excited about?
My big project now is building a chicken coop!
Where can people view/purchase your work?
In addition to the Gallery at Main Street Bookends, my work is, as of this year, also available at “Creative Encounters” in Keene. And as of two weeks ago, it is also on display in “Capitol Craftsmen” Main St. Concord.