Norman Pirollo brings forward a unique form of contemporary styled furniture incorporating contemporary and modern elements. As designer, I acquired an education from contemporary artisans as well as a breadth of insight into both the visual and decorative arts.
Through an equal amount of patience, attention to detail and a keen sense of design, I create striking studio furniture incorporating unique, contemporary designs. Applying accumulated skills and expertise, I pursue the design process from preliminary sketches to CAD drawings to making.
Studio furniture and fine art furniture take you far beyond the bounds of mass production
The highest quality and most dramatically figured woods are selected in my unique designs. Design, wood preparation and finishing are a large part of my work and I devote considerable time to these stages. My work has been featured in the following books and magazines:
Woodworking: From Design To Making (New Art Press)
WOODSKILLS Issue 01 (New Art Press)
WOODSKILLS Issue 02 (New Art Press)
The Wood Artist: Creating Art Through Wood (New Art Press)
Rooted: Creating a Sense of Place: Contemporary Studio Furniture 2016
From Hi-Tech to Lo-Tech: A Woodworker’s Journey (New Art Press)
Studio Furniture: Today’s Leading Woodworkers – Schiffer Publishing 2009
Wood Art Today 2 – Schiffer Publishing
500 Cabinets – Lark Publishing
Fine Woodworking Magazine – 4 Bench Jigs for Handplanes – 2009
Fine Woodworking Magazine – Essential Shopmade Jigs 2009
Ottawa Life ( Profile, work) 2012
I also author woodworking related courses and tutorials at WoodSkills. The woodworking courses are developed to distribute knowledge and expertise acquired over the years. The WOODSKILLS semiannual magazine is also available through WoodSkills. Most recently, I authored four woodworking books, “Start Your Own Woodworking Business” and “From Hi-Tech to Lo-Tech: A Woodworker’s Journey“, “The Wood Artist: Creating Art Through Wood“, “Woodworking: From Design To Making” available through WoodSkills. A design + build blog is maintained at The Refined Edge. I currently reside and operate a furniture design + build studio in Ottawa,Ontario.
Feature article + cover story by Norman Pirollo Make With Wood HackSpace Magazine April 2020
Follow along my builds, techniques and processes at Instagram: @woodskillsmag