In the early 90’s, after having two girls, I decided to hang up my pilots license for awhile and pursue art full time.
After a successful contemporary furniture business with my father called, “Milldam Woodworks”, I felt inspired to use my New England antique and salvage connections to their fullest, so I branched out on my own in pursuit of making funky, functional art, and that’s when The Thieving Magpie Studio was born in 2000. Just like Magpies are known for bringing shiny, interesting, found objects back to their nests, I often go every other weekend to my friends and favorite small town antique stores in Western Ma, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and bring back loads of antique treasures and lumber in my pickup truck. Compared by most to “Alice in Wonderland”, my furniture is made entirely of reclaimed salvage/lumber from torn down barns and houses from the 1800’s, period artifacts, old farm equipment, sleigh shafts, bells and cast iron toys, old relics and more, all functional, and every piece with its own personality. Though I make many fun commissions like liquor cabinets, whole kitchens, bars and tables for restaurants, cigar boxes and more, most of my work consists of a few staples; “tall clocks” (like grandfather clocks, have movements/ tell time), cabinets, cupboards, dressers, headboards and bureaus.
The Thieving Magpie studio hosts many open studios and events in the summer months, and is located in a barn next to my house on Marthas Vineyard that has a 20ft wide satellite powered clock on the outside (you cant miss it).