Woodworker Jim Shott retired Summer 2017. He built colorful cabinets that explore the complex structures found in nature. Inspired by the hexagonal shapes in a honeycomb, the pattern of petals in a sunflower, or the elegant simplicity of an acorn, Shott transforms these elements into youthful, eye-catching cabinets. Each work incorporates visible, or sometimes hidden, doors and drawers; inviting you to explore what is inside. Shott works primarily with red oak, quarter-sawn sycamore, ambrosia maple and ghost maple. He dyes the wood with brightly colored aniline dyes that allow the grain of the wood to show through. Each piece is finished with either a water-based urethane, traditional shellac or an oil finish. While his most used machine in the shop tends to be his table saw, the care that he uses in gluing all the pieces together by hand is where his craftsmanship takes the stage. Jim’s cabinets incorporate 200 or more individually cut pieces of wood.
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