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For me, creating furniture as an art form is a process of visualizing what is possible- designing, building, and then letting it be used as function as much as form. Over the years, I have continued to grow in this process. In some ways, it has been more a personal growth rather than professional. I see us all like a piece of wood with our own cracks, twist, bows and rough cut edges. However, when put into the hands of the master craftsman, the wood can be turned into something beautiful. 


Along the way I picked up a quote from the late furniture maker, Sam Maloof,  “Too Often we who design things take all credit for what we do and if we have any kind of success we become very smog and conceited about it. I think all one has to do is look at a beautiful flower, a tree, or whatever, and realize what we do is very insignificant. We are only the instruments who make these beautiful objects.”


It has taken me a while to realize, it’s a lot easier being the instrument, then thinking I'm the Master Craftsman!

In 2001 I was presented with the opportunity to rent space and woodworking tools from a man I knew in my hometown of Nags Head, NC. I jumped at the opportunity and I began mastering my craft of woodworking. I am mostly self-taught and have been fortunate enough to take specific classes to master different techniques. Since 2006 I have been creating furniture to fit my clients' specific space and functionality requirements. It's my hope that each project delivered to a client is marked by uniqueness and quality. Contact me to learn more about how we can work with you.

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Wishbone Shelf

Fine Woodworking | October 24, 2012

Rodrigues made this wishbone shelf after attending a one-week design course at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado. To make the shelf, Rodrigues used bending plywood veneered with mahogany and birch plywood veneered with quilted maple. The project took 220 hours to complete and is finished with wipe-on polyurethane... Read More

Curves, Contrast, Shelves, and Cabinet

Fine Woodworking | June 9, 2021

The goal of this design was to blend contrasting wood tones, mixed curves, clean lines, live edges, and cantilevered shelves. A live-edge piece of walnut, used for one shelf, dictated the overall width of the unit. The tall vertical curved piece provides stability with its width and a spine for the cantilevered shelves. The cabinet on the end adds function and form... Read More

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The Wood Has It's Own Story

Kate Barron | January 19, 2019

Today I had the opportunity to sit down with custom woodworker, Pete Rodrigues, to hear about his latest design which is on display at Hillsborough Gallery of Arts and will be in their Juried Show next Friday, January 25th from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. The event will feature two and three-dimensional art from area artisans. John Coffey, Curator of American and Modern Art, at the NC Museum of A... Read More.

'Legs' Resolution Art Show- Best in Show

Resolutions Art Show | January 15, 2018

Legs was entered into the 2018 Resolutions juried art show at Hillsborough Gallery of Arts in which it was awarded best in show amongst many other talented art pieces. The show was jurored by Sarah Schruth, director of the Nasher Museum of Art, in Durham NC.

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