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Wood, like many other mediums, is in a constant state of change. This is the beginning of design. Just as the leaves of a tree wither in the fall and burst forth in the spring, wood must be allowed its own freedom of movement. The physical movement with the seasons along with the inherent movement of a good design will allow a piece to come alive and appear to dance on the floor where it sets. Design is about balance – symmetry without boredom, and energy without fluff. With a bit of coaxing, the wood will almost tell the artist what it needs: Sometimes, it seems the artist is merely the vessel for running the machines. Good furniture can last a lifetime, or several lifetimes, yet never get old, and can fill the soul with all the emotion of a well groomed symphony, or hit you in the face like rock-n-roll.