|Jonathan studied graphic design at Cornell, spent several years working his way around the world on a Norwegian cruise ship, then settled in Seattle in the late 70s. For the last 40 years, he has built a national reputation for unique fine woodworking furniture masterpieces.If you have an hour, hear inside secrets on his woodworking techniques in this video where he spoke to the team at Google:
Even as he was just starting out, Jonathan did not hesitate to call his studio Jonathan Cohen Fine Woodworking, as the directness and honesty of that name seemed to speak to exactly what he always intended to do in his work. Not carpenter, not kitchen cabinetmaker, not anything but the finest pieces in wood that he could muster. Never in thirty plus years has the vision or the intention change.
Although more than a few ostensibly wiser souls have suggested over the years that a more commercial approach might be more prudent, Jonathan has always wanted to do only custom woodworking. Each piece imagined and created for one particular client and his or her very unique needs.
Not usually the most helpful for the bank account, but certainly the perfect route to a contented spirit.
There is no shortage of woodworkers in this country who are capable of making a well built piece of furniture. But stopping with just making a piece well without stretching much higher and creating a really well thought out piece of design woodworking, has always seemed to Jonathan to be somewhat limiting.
It is precisely that union of inspired design and impeccable craftsmanship that leads to a very satisfied client. Is there any other reason to do this (or any) kind of work?