For more than 20 years, I designed and sold orthopedic implants. My transition to designing and building handcrafted furniture began with the restoration of our 1918 home. I discovered that old growth cypress and heart pine had been used to construct the frame.
When I saw how exquisite those old timbers were, the entrepreneurial spirit struck. I started The Armored Frog, and those first pieces were created using antique wood recovered from my home.
The woods we use are truly ancient. Long ago the Southeast was covered with a dense primeval forest of cypress and long leaf pine that stretched for 90 million acres. These virgin trees matured slowly over hundreds or even thousands of years, resulting in exceptionally fine-grained woods of unparalleled beauty.
In the mid-1800s logging companies began harvesting these majestic giants, and by the 1930s they had been clear-cut. Most of these magnificent logs were used to build homes and businesses, but about 10% settled to the bottom of rivers, perfectly preserved treasures just waiting to be rediscovered.
My great passion is the pursuit of these ancient timbers, reclaiming them from historic structures and riverbeds throughout the Southeast, exploring their unique nature and revealing their stories. That’s one of the things I like best about what we do: preserving the past while embracing the future. Each Armored Frog piece is a functional work of art, a one-of-a-kind heirloom in the making.
Please visit our IN THE STUDIO page to see our recent creations and custom pieces.