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. I am a member and served on the board of the Northwest Woodworkers’ Gallery, a co-op furniture gallery located in Seattle for 30 years before it closed in 2017. I frequently exhibit furniture pieces at the Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Gallery on Bainbridge Island. My work has been included in 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.

Sketch of Eagle Harbor Bar Chair by Hugh Montgomery

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 their handcrafted appeal.

Exhibits & Publications

2019 Exhibitor. “Form + Function: Contemporary Furniture,” The Art Project, Bainbridge Island, WA
2015Exhibitor. “Northwest Fine Craft,” Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Gallery, Bainbridge Island, WA
2015Exhibitor. “The Garden Bench,” Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Gallery, Bainbridge Island, WA
2015Exhibitor. “Then + Now, 35th Anniversary Member Show.” NW Wood Gallery, Seattle WA
2014Exhibitor. “Its all in the Details.” NW Wood Gallery, Seattle WA
2011Exhibitor. “Second Life of Trees,” NW Fine Woodworking, Seattle WA
2010Woodworking West, Nov.-Dec. 2010, On Exhibit
2010Exhibitor. “30th Anniversary Member Showcase,” Northwest Fine Woodworking, Seattle, WA
2010500 Cabinets: A Showcase of Design & Craftsmanship, Lark Books, “Hall Entry Cabinetry,” Pg. 368
2010Woodwork: Special Issue: People, Ideas, New Work, Woodwork Magazine, “Eagle Harbor Bar Chairs,” Pg. 63
2009500 Tables: Inspiring Interpretations of Function and Style, Lark Books, "Diamond Series Vase Table" and "Doggett Coffee Table," Pg. 352 and 334.
2009Design Book Eight: Original Furniture From the World's Finest Craftsmen, Taunton Press, "Sun-Comes Up Bed," Pg 56.
2008Fine Woodworking: Furniture - 102 Contemporary Designs, Taunton Press, "Sun-Comes Up Bed," Pg. 62.
2008500 Chairs: Celebrating Traditional & Innovative Designs, Lark Books, "Eagle Harbor Bar Chair," Pg. 84.
2008Exhibitor. "The Unexpected Table," Bainbridge Arts and Craft Gallery, Bainbridge Island, WA.
2004Exhibitor. "Contemporary Fine Craft," Bainbridge Arts and Craft Gallery, Bainbridge Island, WA.
2004Fine Homebuilding, Annual Kitchens and Baths Issue (Winter 2004), Design Gallery Section, "Thrifty Dress-Up."
2004Woodworking West, Nov.-Dec. 2004, On Exhibit.
1998Exhibitor. "Woodworking - The Next Generation," Northwest Fine Woodworking, Seattle, WA.
1998Exhibitor. "ACC Showcase of Fine Craft," American Craft Council, Bellevue, WA.
1998Woodworker West, Sept.-Oct. 1998, On Exhibit.
1997American Woodworker, December 1997, "Display Stand" by Hugh Montgomery.
1997Exhibitor. "Table and Lamp Show", Northwest Fine Woodworking, Seattle, WA.
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