to the David Ray Pine furniture web page! I specialize in building custom-made
antique reproduction furniture. In addition, I also do restoration and conservation
work on period antique furniture.
worked in three different shops before establishing my own business in 1976. From
this background I learned the basic skills involved in making repairs to broken
furniture, joinery techniques, and also carving, inlay, and veneer work. All my
training has been "on the job", and ranged from furniture restoration,
to building one of a kind pieces, to architectural millwork, to limited production.
By being exposed to varied shop practices, I've learned that there is often more
than one "right" way to solve a given construction problem.
direction my business has taken has been determined partly by my personal inclinations
and partly by the needs of my clientele. I enjoy the variety offered by custom
work. This week, I'm carving; next week, dovetailing drawers. This client needs
chairs; that one, conservation of a corner cabinet. By deliberately not gearing
the shop toward any one product or series of operations, it is just as feasible
to make the next piece different as to make it the same as the last one. After
twenty-some years, though, the pattern wall is getting a little crowded!
the years, my work has been featured in many different publications, including
Money Magazine (Mar 1983), Colonial Homes (Dec 1996), Rural Living (Mar/Apr 1998),
and Fine Woodworking, to which I contributed several articles (Issues#59, 64,
77, 80), one of them (Issue#67) featured as the cover story. The "Home"
section of the Dec 14, 2000 Washington Post has a photo of a few of the chairs
I made for the VA Governor's mansion.
time has passed, the challenges for me have, interestingly, remained fairly constant:
to continue to refine my skills, striving to make my furniture ever more accurately
reflect period aesthetics and construction methods as revealed by modern scholarship,
and to give my client something of lasting value.