Dan's Woodshop

Classic American Designs with a Tropical Soul
Specializing in Morris chairs, Arts & Crafts tables, and Wood Art using Tropical and North American Hardwoods

Morris chair

Morris Chairs
Tabouret Table

Taboret Tables
Side tables and stands

Side Tables and Stands
Spindle Box Chair

Spindle Box Chair
Trestle Table
Tusk Tenon
Trestle Tables
Scrap Wood Art

Scrap Wood Art

Custom Corner Couch

Other Projects

New Projects
Commissioning a
Custom Project

The primary wood used in furniture from the Arts & Crafts movement  is white oak.   This is partly because of the beauty of that wood, especially when quartersawn, and partly because of its abundance and easy availability in the Northeast and Great Lakes regions where  the Arts & Crafts movement took root in the U.S. in the late 1800s.

Here in South Florida, when I set out to make my first Arts & Crafts piece 10 years ago (I wanted an end  table), I had a hard time finding white oak.  What I found instead was wood harvested closer to home, tropical hardwoods from Central America and  Colombia, along with an abundance of hardwoods imported from Africa and Brazil and Southeast Asia for the local boat-building industry.  I found that rough-cut Sapele lumber from Africa or Jatoba boards from Brazil were cheaper than red-oak boards from my local home-center super-store.  

So while I do use a lot of walnut, maple, and oak in my work, the beauty and local abundance of tropical hardwoods makes it impossible not to make use of them in the simple, solid, classic designs of the American Arts & Crafts movement.


Daniel Lee Woodworks
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Contact: dan@dkilolima.com