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Meet Scott McGlasson of WoodSport in St. Paul

Today we’d like to introduce you to Scott McGlasson.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’ve been a furniture designer and maker for more than 2 decades. I run a small company that produces thoughtfully designed and sourced furniture and lighting pieces for private, corporate, and hospitality clients. We exhibit at design shows, such as Westedge Design Fair in LA and the Architectural Digest Design Show in NYC, as well as high-end craft shows such as the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington DC. Our work has been featured in the New York Times and on the cover of American Craft Magazine. Most of the work is sold directly from our studio and we ship all over the country. California – LA and the Bay Area – is a very good market for us.

Our work has a strong modern aesthetic and the highest level of craftsmanship highlighting the natural materials. Design influences range from mid-century modernism to industrial components to Shaker principles. Designs typically start from a simple form, which we then bend, laminate, join, turn, shape, color to make pieces that are unique and exciting while still adhering to principles of simplicity and utility. We love mixing modern with rustic, balancing clean lines with something rough, jagged or naturally distressed. We mainly use American hardwoods, much of which is self-harvested, enabling us to control the milling and drying processes. The pieces are exquisitely finished with oils or lacquers, and we love using colors as well. Bronze, steel, leather and fur are other materials that find their way into the work.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Overall, I would say making and selling handcrafted furniture is not exactly an easy way to earn a living. But I’ve figured out a way to do it and it’s been incredibly rewarding for me. I absolutely love what I do. I will say the recession in 2008 made me examine my business and retool the way I sold my work. Before that I just relied on people coming to me and I would make whatever came along. At the time I had no work so I designed a line of pieces and put them out there in retail settings such as museum stores and galleries, and I started doing shows. The work went over very well. Now we only sell my designs, and not with too much effort these days – my life is much better for it!

Please tell us about WOODSPORT.
Most of the furniture categories are represented – casework, seating, lighting, table top, etc. Some pieces do better than others but everything in the Woodsport collections sells. The 4-door Rustic Modern Credenza does very well and has been sourced for some high-profile hotels and businesses as well as many private residences. I use a live-edge pull on doors and drawer fronts on all of the woodsport case pieces – it’s a signature detail that I am known for. We are also known for the RB chairs and chaise lounge which are made of small wood tiles woven together with polyester rope. Table and floor lamps do great as do the turned occasional tables and stools. A lot of the work is produced on lathes so much of my shop time is spent turning.

As I get older I could see myself focusing solely on lighting pieces. I have tons of new ideas for turned lamps and I’m excited about their potential. And they are a piece that I think really needs to be fabricated by hand – the way the wood is joined and the way the form is turned on the lathe. They are super fun to make and not so brutal on the body versus some of the larger pieces.

Pricing:

  • Rustic Modern Credenzas are $3500 to $8000 depending on size and features
  • RB Easy chair starts at $3000
  • Lamps are $800 to $2000
  • Stools and small tables start at $375, and go up to $2800 for a large coffee table

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Image Credit:

Furniture shots – Paul Nelson. scott in front of credenza – Eric Mueller. scott at lathe – David Ellis

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