Whitten Hill Studio creates custom, upscale rustic style furniture for destination resorts and inns as well as for individuals with refined but rustic taste. We believe Adirondack furniture doesn’t have to be ordinary or rudimentary, but it doesn’t have to be gaudy or overdone, either. There is an artistic, enlightened apex that Whitten Hill Studio has reached and holds for its own.
December 12th, 2012 § Comments Off § permalink
The Studio has several commissioned projects lined up for winter but there is still time for you to schedule yours! During these short, cold days in Maine let us help you plan your 2013 deck, patio or indoor furniture. Coming soon: Shipping to the Lower 48! And here now, more bird houses, plain and fancy, at Snug Harbor Farm!
August 26th, 2012 § Comments Off § permalink
537 Highland Street, South Hamilton Massachusetts 01982
Steve was asked by Pingree School in South Hamilton, MA, to show some of his work at their sculpture exhibit which runs from September 1 until November 18. He and George just returned from a trip there to set the arbor and bird house in their impeccable gardens. This is a perfect destination for a fall jaunt in New England. Don’t miss it!
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Crafted for Earth, the highly acclaimed restaurant at Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport, is a serving table, made from beech, pine, and Eastern white cedar. The food-safe finish is polyurethane and linseed oil.
May 1st, 2012 § Comments Off § permalink
Whitten Hill Studio has completed two commission jobs this winter. Word is getting around! One set of table and chairs is Steve’s known Adirondack style - relaxed with subtle details but certainly not unadorned. The other set was designed for some mismatched cushions his client had purchased without having any furniture for them! The set is campy, hip and chic! Here is the Arundel Set; we hope to have pictures of the contemporary Cape Porpoise Set soon!
March 19th, 2012 § Comments Off § permalink
With each commission Steve accepts his woodworking bailiwick extends farther. Steve has always made toys – trucks, trains, doll houses – and in this first picture are two rocking horses. The horse closest to the camera was made in 1994 for our daughter’s first birthday. The other horse is a commission from a co-worker. The creative growth is stunning.
The next pictures are details of the mane and tail which were made from birdseye maple.
The final picture is the entire horse. It’s going to make another little girl’s first birthday very special!
February 2nd, 2012 § Comments Off § permalink
Steve’s day job for over 20 years has been as a landscape architect for Sebago Technics (www.sebagotechnics.com), an engineering firm founded in the early 80s by Walt Stinson, a Maine native and really swell guy. Walt has retired and Steve was asked to make a display case for the very first piece of survey equipment Walt purchased. Steve has an aversion to things without function so he came up with the idea for a lamp/display case. Now, we don’t mean to malign surveyors here, but you know that if anybody can take something as mundane as a transit and make it beautiful and interesting, it’s Steve. The lamp is made from birch, cherry and yew, with a mica lampshade and pine cone finial. The beautiful stained glass was custom made by Pat Almlov. The lamp is constructed so the transit can be removed – in case Walt wants to survey something in his retirement! Let us know what you think!
December 10th, 2011 § Comments Off § permalink
One of Steve’s first trellises years ago was purchased by a friendly couple who happened to drive down our road and see trellises leaning up against every available vertical surface. They recently decided they needed a more substantial trellis for another space and chose the one Steve had made for the 2010 Portland Flower Show. Although it is fall in Maine, you can see how at home this trellis is in Biddeford Pool, and how perfect it will look when the perennials come up in the spring!
Below is the first of Steve’s trellises purchased by this couple. It’s clear how Steve’s style and construction have developed in the years since he started making garden ornaments and Adirondack style furniture. Also obvious is how even his simplest structure is captivating in the right environment.
November 5th, 2011 § Comments Off § permalink
What will your next Thanksgiving dinner be served on? Consider something like this pair of tables crafted for a small ocean front camp that doesn’t have a formal dining room. The tables will flank the front entry until meal time, when one or both can be easily guided to the dining area. Note that the inlaid oak leaves match and the tables can look as though the two are one.