Nils Knudsen gained a love for wood at a very young age. You could always find him in local woodshops going through scrap bins, building games and gifts for his mom and making little boxes and tree forts. It wasn’t until he was in his late 20’s that he decided to pursue woodworking as a career. These days, he builds custom furniture, cabinetry, and croquet mallets.
“I like to showcase the natural beauty of the wood. I don’t use a lot of stains. I always think of the roots and bases of trees when I add curves to my designs. A lot of my inspiration comes from the American Arts and Crafts movement from the early 20th century, from people like the Greene Brothers and Gustav Stickley.”
Whenever possible, Nils uses locally sourced wood or plantation-grown wood. He works from a shop on Horizon Flats Road in Winthrop, and his pieces are made to order.
“I like to work with the client to create a design to fit a specific need. The client comes to the table with ideas, and I add my two cents. I enjoy designing pieces that are particular to their taste and will stand apart from the rest. Between the two of us, we arrive at a final design. It’s this process that I love.”
Nils work is available at Methow Valley Goods on the TwispWorks campus.