A story of seam­less cre­ation, from de­mol­ished decades-old houses to eco-friendly hard­wood fur­ni­ture

Northern Living - - NORTHERNER - TEXT DENISE DANIELLE AL­CAN­TARA PHOTGRAPHY PATRICK SE­GOVIA

“The process of cre­ation is a ben­e­fit of con­struc­tion,” says mas­ter crafts­man Clifford Espinosa.

After har­vest­ing pieces of hard­wood from a de­mo­li­tion site, Espinosa would go to his workspace and, with no de­sign in mind, tell his staff, “We need to create a ta­ble to­day.” He’d see pieces of wood scat­tered on the floor and trans­form them in his head into fur­ni­ture. He would then draw the skele­ton of his vi­sion on dry soil and find more pieces to fit his seem­ingly im­pos­si­ble puz­zle of a fur­ni­ture. “If we have a guide, it be­comes a lim­i­ta­tion. The process of cre­ation should be si­mul­ta­ne­ous: hands on, hearts on, and minds on.”

Fur­ni­ture- mak­ing is beyond pure aes­thetic for Espinosa, who is also di­rec­tor and part­ner at Espinosa Arts and De­sign. In­te­grat­ing er­gonomics and raw crafts­man­ship, he claims to create func­tional art in the form of fur­ni­ture pieces. “Art [ should] serve the peo­ple and not only the views of [ the artist],” he says. He be­lieves that the tal­ent for cre­at­ing should not only be for one’s self- ex­pres­sion but also for the good of oth­ers.

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