I grew up in Vermont where I developed a life-long interest in natural history. After high school I spent several years working odd-jobs and traveling in Central and South America. In 2010 I enrolled at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington to study natural history and ornithology. At Evergreen I found my way to the wood shop where I explored arched instrument making and furniture making over several years. After years of going back and forth between field biology and woodwork I accepted a residency at the Arbutus Folk School in 2017, where I studied the techniques employed in Windsor chair making and adapted them to the tools and materials available to me. In 2019, I apprenticed with Curtis Buchanan, a Windsor chairmaker in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and accepted a residency at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. I live in Charlotte, Vermont where I make chairs and tools.

Projects and Furniture by Eric Cannizzaro