Meet the Maker: Stephen Gulau

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Stephen Gulau is a woodworker based in the foothills of Colorado custom making high quality and architecturally beautiful furniture pieces.


Q: At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a creative path?

 
 
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Stephen: I always drew. I think most of my life I've had delusions of grandeur about being an artist. Over the years the mediums have changed, but the itch to create has always been there. 


Q: Do you have a favorite piece you've made?

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Stephen: That changes from day to day. I have pieces that I'm proud of if they lead to new pieces. I feel like a piece is never finished because there's always something I want to improve. Or better yet, I'm proud when I can extract an element that I like and create something new based around it. Every piece is an exploration, not a finite journey. 


Q: Where did you grow up? If outside of Colorado, how did you end up here?

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Stephen: I grew up in the mountains, and quickly left after high school. It took twenty years to return, but I've been happy I did. 


Q: What are three words you would use to best describe your work?

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Stephen: Impractical explorations of perspective 


Q: Do you recall the first piece you made? If so, how did it turn out?

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Stephen: In terms of furniture, I made a chaise lounge in my early twenties. It was my first attempt at upholstery, and for what it was, it turned out pretty good. Though, in reality it was just a gaudy red velvet sex couch. I'm glad my aesthetics have evolved. 


Q: It's the weekend. What do you see yourself doing?

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Stephen: A hike with the dogs, some beers, and working on my tiny home.


Q: Do you have a favorite coffee/tea spot?

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Stephen: Plume Coffee Bar, Silver Plume, CO