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Biography and Background

Woodworker Hayley Davison honors the natural beauty of fine hardwoods integrating their patterns and colors into quietly elegant furniture designs fusing Japanese influences with American Mission style. Often, she will add handcarved surface details of plants and other wildlife.

Ohia and koa wood dresser, 2003

Cherry highboy, built in 1988 while attending North Bennett Street School.

Her interest in woodworking began as a child building dollhouse furniture from balsa wood. Years later she pursued her childhood passion by attending North Bennett Street School in Boston, the oldest trade school in the U.S., specializing in traditional 17th and 18th century woodworking joinery and techniques.

Upon completing the cabinet and furniture making program she spent several years gaining practical experience in a cabinet shop and taking fine art courses at Massachusetts College of Art and University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In addition she also taught courses in woodcarving at North Bennett Street School and Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Aspen, Colorado.

In winter of 1995 she was offered a job with a new woodworking company forming on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. Feeling restless and ready for a change, she accepted the offer without hesitation. Besides, as she is quick to point out, it was February in Boston.

In 2009, after nearly 15 years woodworking on Kauai, she moved with her family to Asheville, North Carolina where she continued to pursue her craft in her woodshop at the Grovewood Studios next door to the historic Grove Park Inn.

In May 2011 she relocated her shop to a new location in Asheville.

Hayley's work has been in several exhibitions and is shown at the Grovewood Gallery and the Southern Highlands Craft Guild..

Custom furniture design and commissions welcome. Crating and shipping are available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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