Paul Tuller

Dublin, NH

"My goal in designing furniture and architectural details is ro create a feeling of harmony in each piece and the room. If I am successful the finished product will have 'shibui,' a Japanese word meaning 'a profound, unassuming, quiet feeling.'

"My work tries to have a Japanese sense of proportion and strong joinery as well as reflect my own appreciation of wood. I often improvise on traditional Japanese motifs, especially when I'm building furniture that doesn't exist in Japanese tradition, such as a bed.

"The process is very hard to quantify. As I make a project. I analyze each piece of wood as to its relationship to all the others. Then I adjust every part until the feeling is right."

Night tables

26 H. x22W.x 173/4 D. Cherry, Port Orford cedar

Handmade pivot hinges allow doors to fold flat against cabinet sides. Iron drawer pulls were hand forged in Japan.

photo iv MAKk corliss

Kotatsu table

Cherry, Alaskan yellow cedar

This traditional form is based on dimensions of tatami (floor mats). Tuller cuts the tricky mitered double through-tenons at comers with a Japanese saw and pares them to fit with chisels.

Paul Tuller Dublin

Paul designs and builds Japanese style furniture and architectural details. He specializes in applying traditional construction techniques to contemporary furniture forms.

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