Many boys learn woodworking at the hands of their father. Dad's large hands, cradling small hands, guiding them as they plane wood. The smell of sawdust in the air. The family dog wagging and watching.
My fascination with wood began when I was a teenager. I couldn't wait for the next high school woodworking class to come around. I'd open the shop door and immediately smell the scent of pine. Taking that first shaving from a piece of pine was better than holding hands with a girl.
During high school, my interest in wood (and girls) grew. After graduating from high school, I took classes in woodworking at the local college. And that's when I discovered Shaker boxes and carriers. I loved their classic lines, how they blend the elegant and practical, functional and decorative, traditional and contemporary at the same time.
Today, I work with the finest woods available: cherry, birds eye maple and unusual, specialty woods. I'm proud that each Brent Rourke fine wood product is created naturally right here in North America. I'm proud of our high standards ensuring high quality that lasts. And I'm proud that we're growing our economy by keeping our manufacturing here instead of shipping it abroad.
Brent Rourke - we craft contemporary family heirlooms for discriminating individuals.
|Brent, at work, hand-crafting a Shaker box.||Boxes ready to be shipped to retail outlets worldwide.||Our facility is located in a rural red-painted heritage barn.||Brent carefully positioning a wet Shaker box wooden strip around the form.|