The goal of each of my projects is to create a unique piece of art that shows the true beauty of the natural wood while providing a practical functional use. I refer to many of my designs as “Mission Japanese.” I am greatly influenced by Mission Arts and Crafts style.
Mission design is functional and focuses on the beauty of the wood grain rather than ornate carvings. My handles and adornments tend to be natural wood with gentle curves showing the influence of Japanese design. I hand select the wood for each project. The look and figure of the wood influences and sometimes determines the ultimate design for each piece that I build. Each piece is handcrafted and unique. Hand tools are critical to the building of most pieces. Mortising, sanding and much of the joinery is done by hand. The finish is key to the heirloom quality. Many pieces require over half a dozen steps and up to two weeks to obtain the desired finish. Sanding and finishing usually takes up to half the build time for each project.
Recent Awards include: 2012 “Award Of Distinction” at the 42nd Annual Syracuse, NY Arts and Crafts Festival "1st Place" for the Fine Crafts Category at the 9th Annual Mispillion Art League Fall Members Show, Milford, DE "Juror's Excellence Award" at the 39th Annual Member's Fine Craft Exhibition, Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach, DE 2010 “1st Place” for Fine Crafts at Window on the Arts Festival in Windsor, NY. “1st Place” for Wood at Colorscape in Norwich, NY.
About the Artist
Michael Quattrociocchi has studied and practiced woodworking for over 35 years. He has a Master's Degree in Instructional Systems Design from Syracuse University. Mike currently owns Michael Quattrociocchi Fine Woodworking were he participates in juried shows throughout the East Coast, accepts commissioned work, and belongs to the Rehoboth Art League and Mispillion Art League.