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Inspired Design and Quality Craftsmanship
Jeff Homeyer was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and raised around the building sites of his father’s construction company. At age 13, he joined the family business and learned all stages of home building, from design to rough construction to fine finish work. At 17, Jeff collected some scrap wood from a site and built his first jewelry box – a unique work of art with secret chambers and intricate details. Jeff has been been working with wood ever since.
A self-taught master craftsman and artist, Homeyer has designed and built projects including entire homes, porches, and additions, chicken coops and tree houses, stairways, cabinets and interiors, furniture, jewelry armoires and boxes, wooden jewelry, and inlay and marquetry “paintings” (which get their palette of color from the many varieties of wood). Whether it is apparent to viewers or hidden from sight – like complex joinery interlocking strength, aesthetics, and efficiency – all of Homeyer’s work expresses ideals of quality, craftsmanship, beauty, usefulness, and respect for the intrinsic value of materials.
While he sometimes incorporates stained glass, metal, stone, and tile in his work, Homeyer’s abiding fascination is with wood. His approach to wood work, design, and making is informed by 20 years’ deep study of master craftsmen of the past, Greene and Greene architects and the arts and crafts movement, the mathematics behind design and natural forms, traditional Japanese architecture, and – above all – the qualities and potentials of wood. He loves its perfection and imperfections, its iridescence, the dazzling chatoyancy of some wood (when high lights become low lights depending on which way you look at curly maple, for example).
Homeyer continues to custom design and build works of precision, complexity and beauty – at all scales – for private collectors, commercial projects, and people wanting to bring their dream home to life. Homeyer’s Berkshires workshop is located in the craftsman-style house he built for his family, which his wife calls “the work of art we live in.”