Meet the Maker: Ethan Hutchinson
Ethan Hutchinson, a woodworker based in Denver, CO has been creating beautiful and lasting furniture pieces in the region for nearly 2 decades. From a statement piece, like a rocking chair, to something more subtle that dwells in a corner of your home Ethan combines an absolute love for woodworking with a detailed approach to create amazing and timeless furniture pieces.
Q: At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Ethan: I graduated from CU Boulder with a chemistry degree and worked as a analytical chemist for 4 years and was not happy at all. I started building Adirondack chairs on weekends and a year later I quit my job and became a full time woodworker. That was 28 years ago.
Q: Do you have a favorite piece you've made?
Ethan: Each type of piece, chair, table, case has design elements that I really love but they can only be used in that kind of piece. Trying to force it into a different piece can create imbalance. I will say, however, that overall I do try to create an illusion of floating or cantilevering in all my work. Using a large leg to balance a thicker table top can create a heavy looking piece. By adding a deep setback with the table skirt you’ve created a top that is floating on top of its base. Creating a sense of lightness but still grounded.
Q: Where did you grow up?
Ethan: I grew up in Massachusetts till I was about 12 then moved to Santa Fe New Mexico. I came to Colorado for college at the School of Mines in 1983.
Q: What do you love most about what you do?
Ethan: I’m extremely humbled by the fact I’m able to do something that I’m so passionate about and make a living doing it. It’s a gift that I am very mindful of. That in itself is what I love the most but within that I love the magic of something drawn on paper or a sketched model coming to life. Idea, design and finished piece.
Q: What album/song are you currently listening to?
Ethan: Lord Huron, Lucky Dube, Turnpike Trubadores, Hiss Golden Messenger.
Q: It's the weekend. What do you see yourself doing?
Ethan: I work 6 days a week. As a self employed woodworker I have a family to support and it just takes time to get it done. Even in my old age I still do. Sunday is my day off and it’s just about being with my girlfriend Jenni and our kids.