Robert Hause has been crafting furniture for more than thirty years. This journey has taken him in many different styles and forms. It wasn't until he fell in love with the Arts & Crafts movement fifteen years ago that he found the style of furniture that suited him. Robert has been consumed with the Arts & Crafts period, which even included restoring two 1920's Bungalows. He has a sense of belonging to this period, as if he was born ninety years too late. You will not find a craftsman who loves making Arts & Crafts style of furniture more than Robert.

Robert grew up on the East Coast of North Carolina. Early in his woodworking career he worked with other craftsman who proved invaluable in developing his skills and taking his furniture craftsmanship to a higher level. However, working alone has allowed him to control all aspects of crafting a piece of furniture and this was instrumental in the evolution of his furniture into a blend of Stickley, Roycroft and Limbert styles.

Robert starts by selecting the quarter sawn white oak that is best suited for each piece of furniture. Robert uses the natural curves of the grain and the patterns of the "rays" in oak to enhance the accents of the furniture. To bring out the mellow tones of oak, each piece of furniture is fumed. The chemical reaction between the ammonia and tannic acid in white oak naturally enhances and "ages" the wood. The finishing process consists of three coats of shellac, followed by hand rubbed blended wax. This process combines to give the finished piece its own antique patina.

The Art of the Craft is located in Wilmington North Carolina. The shop is on the fringe of Wilmington's largest Bungalow neighborhoods. Many of Robert's customers and friends are just walking distance from his one man, one dog shop. If you are interested in a custom piece of furniture or just watching furniture making, stop by, call or email. Robert is always glad to take the time to show or talk Art & Crafts. And remember to say hi to Max.