Today’s Artsy Fartsy artist is Lanny Hathaway. Lanny lives a couple towns over, and is a friend of ours. He’s a very talented wood worker and I love his designs. His work is very organic, and reminds me of the desert. Which is exactly what he strives to do.
I love warm and inviting furniture, and Lanny creates just that. Plus, anything that reminds me of the desert is awesome. Lanny answered some questions about his work for me.
- How long have you been creating your art? 11 years. I was out in the desert looking at all this burned juniper and thought there should be a second life for these trees. So I cut a few sticks, brought them home, got a book about rustic furniture I made my first juniper chair. Using tools I had and suggestions from the book I was able to create mortise and tenon joinery.
- Why did you choose your particular medium? I am a carpenter by trade but I’ve always liked interesting, twisted pieces of wood I find out in the wild. I love working with my hands and making furniture with simple tools.
- What do you consider your greatest achievement? Getting up in the morning…lol… It makes happy to see people sit in, sit on and enjoy my chairs and benches.
- What awards have you won? I’ve been in art shows and galleries
Are you working on something new? My latest projects have been children’s furniture. Chairs, tables, benches, stools. I made a set of 4 chairs and table for a client in Bozeman Montana this month.