Methods of Work

Roger specializes in custom designed and built fine furniture, made one at a time by hand using traditional techniques such as dovetail and mortise and tenon joinery. Depending on the task at hand, machinery, power tools or traditional hand tools are used to their best application. Completely unafraid of character flaws in wood, he uses specialized techniques to integrate them into the beauty of the piece. Maintaining the focus on the wood, he eschews metal in his projects, using pegs, tenons and other joinery in place of screws, nails and fasteners, and unique wooden hinges of his own design. With attention to detail and hand rubbed finishes, Traditionals by Roger are Texas-inspired pieces worthy of passing along to heirs.

Roger finds a tactile delight in hand rubbing a finish into wood, particularly polymerized tung oil varnishes. He also uses more traditional Tried and True linseed oil products, based on a 150-year-old formula, which are free of petroleum products, heavy metal driers, or volatile organic compounds. They are excellent finishes, natural, environmentally sensible, food safe and especially appropriate for those with certain household environmental allergies. Grapeseed oil is also used as a food safe finish on cutting boards and other food contact items. As circumstances dictate, other fine finishes are employed.

Depending upon the application, different glues are employed, the most common being Gorilla polyurethane glue or System Three marine epoxies.

Most of Rogerís work is by commission, though he often creates speculative projects just for the fun of it or to test new ideas and expand his horizons. Some of those projects are exhibited at the Stribling Art Extravaganza in San Angelo, the Texas Mesquite Arts Festival in Fredericksburg and San Angelo, and the Texas Furniture Makers Show in Kerrville, where he was awarded 3rd place in 2001.

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