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Occasionally , I create stained glass  windows.

In 1994, we moved to Ouray, Colorado, where I began this business of creating rustic style furniture, combining weathered barnwood with earth-colored stone tiles to produce one-of-a-kind hand-crafted tables and cabinets.

As people were introduced to our designs they requested many other pieces including hutches, entertainment centers, benches, picture frames, and bookcases.

During this time of growth we settled for awhile in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, but have returned to live in the beautiful pine and aspen covered mountains of Colorado.

"The Uncompahgre River"
An original stained glass by Stephen Burlison.


So how did I become a furniture maker in weathered woods?  Well, in the days before Nikita gaveled his shoe in defiance and as the smoke clouds of the Cold War curled up ominously from between the onion domes of the Kremlin, twins were being born in the other Moscow, in Idaho. Okay, what about the furniture?  I’m getting there!Inspiration for creating furniture

My earliest recollections of woodworking included gnawing on the crib to test wood durability and inspecting glue joints by immersing them in drool.  Later, at the tender age of seven I climbed our old apple tree, inched my way out to observe a robin’s nest, and promptly came crashing down together with nest and rotted branch.  It knocked the wind out of me but knocked some sense into this Idaho boy’s head. I gained a necessary insight into the rudimentary laws of bending moment, shear stress, and structural integrity in regards to wood.

This knowledge was further enhanced by splitting cordwood with my brothers for eight summers. Later still, less crude woodworking techniques were revealed to me in junior high shop.  From that point on I was Hooked On Wood.  Early adolescence also found me pruning Christmas trees. In later teens I worked summers at the local sawmill pulling lumber off the greenchain.  This  experience quickly pointed in the direction of higher education, leading to a landscape architecture degree.

In the years following college I favored a move toward carpentry in the landscape.  Twelve years of this “hands-on” work gave me ample experience in woodworking knowledge and  techniques. It also created too many aches and pains for me to continue.  With my wife Lesley’s encouragement I made the transition to FURNITURE-MAKER.

Teton National Park south of Yellowstone Park





When I need a break from noise and sawdust
I join the others who hike and explore the rugged Rockies. 
Frequently in my wanderings
I come upon beauty so exquisite
I must stop and enjoy that which is not formed by human hands,
but created and sustained by the ONE who gives life.

His paintbrush sweeps across rocky ridge
in brilliant earthtone hues
He pushes up towering citadel
and scoops out steep-walled valley.
He alters the course of tumbling mountain stream
and arranges the flora in His great wisdom.
He dabbles the high mountain slope
in glorious color each year, if for a moment.
We are given this earth for a short time...
a time to learn about and hopefully understand
our relationship with the ONE
whose hand touches all the universe. 
With  joy I create that which I consider art,
but the true symphony was written long ago.

Native American Petroglyph  near Dubois, Wyoming

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