Mark Whitley Studio

Original design…One piece at a time.

Twist Coffee Table

 Welcome to Mark Whitley Studio.  I create handmade contemporary furniture and sculpture here on my little farm in Kentucky.  My work can be found from coast to coast, in homes, churches, museums, and public spaces.  I specialize in making one-of-a-kind pieces with sensitivity to the place they will live.  I enjoy the solitude of the studio, and have spent most of my life building things.  I’m an artist, a musician, a father, and a husband.  I like working with my hands.  I like adding objects of beauty to the world, and I love a good project.  Have a look around-

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Commissioning furniture or sculpture for your space is easy.  It all starts with a need or a function, then, after visiting the space or working from photos, I design something just for you.  Generally, I will sketch a few ideas for consideration and approval, but the real magic happens at the workbench as the pieces come to life and the fine details come into focus.  For me, it is not about matching the existing furnishings, rather, creating pieces that enhance the space they occupy.  Contact me for more information, or to schedule a consultation.

Concept sketch- Uptown Manhattan Apartment Cabinet
Project complete and ready for delivery

Wood is inherently flexible.  Just go outside and watch how trees bend and sway and still remain strong.  Inspired by my time in the the woods, I began incorporating bent laminations into my work.  By selecting straight grained woods, then slicing and gluing it back together, I can achieve smooth bends that are far stronger than sawn curves.

The heart of Mark Whitley Studio is interesting wood.  I have great reverence for fine lumber and find most of the wood I need right here in Kentucky.  Sometimes I reclaim wood from ancient logs, sometimes I find great lumber stored away in barns, and sometimes the wood is found at my local sawmill.

Harvesting huge maple slabs from a downed yard tree
Harvesting huge maple slabs from a downed yard tree

 

“The corner cabinet is beautiful!!!  It is exactly what I wanted, only much more lovely than I could envision. The burl walnut is so striking, and I love the pattern of the divided glass.  The cabinet suits us so well and looks as though it belongs with us, right there in that spot”  Tracey C.

 

In our fast paced world, handmade furniture is a luxury.  Since 2000, Mark Whitley Studio has been creating pieces that enhance the spaces they live in.

Round breakfast table and Number 6 Chairs
Cherry Media Cabinet
The River Bench, Downing Museum, Bowling Green, KY

 

Liturgical Furniture, First Christian Church, Topeka, KS
Communion Table, First Christian Church, Bowling Green, KY
Pulpit, First Christian Church, Bowling Green, KY

 

I believe furniture should be simple.  I’ve always been drawn to Shaker designs and mid century Danish designers.  The Number 6 Chair is a nod to those who came before me, and my favorite chair to build.  It is available in a variety of woods, leathers, and finishes, and is oh so comfortable.

Number 6 Chair, maple and walnut with dyed leather

A few years ago, one of my best clients asked me to create a pair of cabinets that would flank an original work on paper by Theodore Geisel, aka, Dr. Seuss.  These cabinets almost appear to be in a conversation…I wonder what they talk about?

The Dr. Seuss Cabinets

Living in Kentucky, you’re never far from a distillery or a cooperage.  After visiting a cooperage, I began to work on coopered seats for chairs and benches.  The Thinking Bench is the latest barrel inspired design.

The Thinking Bench

I’ve always been interested in rocking chairs.  Every few years, I will launch into another design.  The Club Rocker is the latest example; with a low slung leather seat and solid sides, this chair continues to explore what a rocking chair can be.

The Club Rocker

 

I made this sculpture stand several years ago inspired by the vacuum cleaners and teapots from the space age. It might be time for some more space furniture.

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I made this sculpture stand several years ago inspired by the vacuum cleaners and teapots from the space age. It might be time for some more space furniture. 

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Makes me think War of the Worlds too. Very nice.

Beautifully simple and simply beautiful.

Killer shapes !!

Beautiful

Very nice. Modern retro!

Beautiful. Squid like.

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Looking for brass door hardware like this circa 1890 set. Need 4 knobs and backplates. Any help is appreciated. ... See MoreSee Less

Looking for brass door hardware like this circa 1890 set. Need 4 knobs and backplates.  Any help is appreciated.

 

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I figured out it was made by Corbin. Not looking for repops. Gotta have the real thing. Thanks for the suggestions

A note about Whitechapel it seems like some of their stuff is made in England from actual castings of old stuff I found fit and finish sometimes to be a challenge

Going to Detroit, know a few place's I can look, know a few bro's that might know something...I'll post you if I see anything.

www.architecturalsalvage.com/home.asp. Call first and text them your picture... reasonably priced too...

This place is just down the road and only sell reclaimed stuff. www.thepreservationstation.com/

Check with the oldhousedepot.com

That's gorgeous!Old hardware is the best, yeah? Hope you find it.

Lee Valley.... If age isn't a priority... Restoration Hardware

Dayton Reclamation and Restoration LLC has a Facebook presence and have a lot of great salvage and are quick to respond

Joe Ley’s Antiques had exact matches for our old Victorian house when we were missing some.

Try Vandykes.com or Whitechapel

Mark Hood

have you checked Van Dykes.....

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Working on spiral stairs for the house made of recycled electric substation aluminum with my pal Randall. Man that guy can tig weld. More to come... ... See MoreSee Less

Working on spiral stairs for the house made of recycled electric substation aluminum with my pal Randall. Man that guy can tig weld. More to come...Image attachment
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Mark Whitley Studio    Smiths Grove, KY   270.678.9745  or Email