About Hugh Montgomery I attribute my interest in woodworking to numerous factors including my love of working with my hands and appreciation of the traditional architecture and furniture designs that I was exposed to while growing up in Maine. After earning a BA degree in biology with a minor in economics from Middlebury College in Vermont, I built houses in coastal Maine. Being interested in design and construction, I enrolled in Boston Architectural Center (BAC) where I attended school for a year and a half and worked full-time for an architectural firm. Though I left BAC before completing the program, I gained from that experience design and drafting techniques that I still use in my work today. I then moved to Seattle in 1990 and began working in a cabinetmaking shop. Seeking to refine my woodworking skills, I apprenticed with a furniture maker in a co-op shop and took furniture making classes including a class in advanced furniture making processes taught by renowned furniture maker, Michael Fortune at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockland, Maine. I have operated my own woodworking business since 1995.

In addition to operating my own business, I have worked as the instructional technician for the University of Washington's School of Art woodshop and co-taught woodworking classes at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. My work is on exhibit at the Northwest Fine Woodworking Gallery in Seattle and the Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Gallery on Bainbridge Island. My work has been included in several recent publications including Lark Books 500 Chairs: Celebrating Traditional & Innovative Designs and 500 Tables: Inspiring Interpretations of Function and Style , as well as Taunton Press' Design Book Eight: Original Furniture From the World's Finest Craftsmen.

Design Approach

I believe that a well proportioned piece of furniture should capture the eye of the beholder from a distance and entice them to come closer and examine and touch the piece. I strive to build within these parameters and seek to draw attention to my furniture by enlivening traditional forms with subtle details such as beveled relief, delicate inlay, curved and angled elements, tapered legs and contrasting woods. These finely executed details are what give my pieces there handcrafted appeal.

Exhibits & Publications

2009

500 Tables: Inspiring Interpretations of Function and Style, Lark Books, "Diamond Series Vase Table" and "Doggett Coffee Table," Pg. 352 and 334.

2009

Design Book Eight: Original Furniture From the World's Finest Craftsmen, Taunton Press, "Sun-Comes Up Bed," Pg 56.

2008

Fine Woodworking: Furniture - 102 Contemporary Designs, Taunton Press, "Sun-Comes Up Bed," Pg. 62.

2008

500 Chairs: Celebrating Traditional & Innovative Designs, Lark Books, "Eagle Harbor Bar Chair," Pg. 84.

2008

Exhibitor. "The Unexpected Table," Bainbridge Arts and Craft Gallery, Bainbridge Island, WA.

2004

Exhibitor. "Contemporary Fine Craft," Bainbridge Arts and Craft Gallery, Bainbridge Island, WA.

2004

Fine Homebuilding, Annual Kitchens and Baths Issue (Winter 2004), Design Gallery Section, "Thrifty Dress-Up."

2004

Woodworking West, Nov.-Dec. 2004, On Exhibit.

1998

Exhibitor. "Woodworking - The Next Generation," Northwest Fine Woodworking, Seattle, WA.

1998

Exhibitor. "ACC Showcase of Fine Craft," American Craft Council, Bellevue, WA.

1998

Woodworker West, Sept.-Oct. 1998, On Exhibit.

1997

American Woodworker, December 1997, "Display Stand" by Hugh Montgomery.

1997

Exhibitor. "Table and Lamp Show", Northwest Fine Woodworking, Seattle, WA.