Bruce Gray




Bruce Gray, Hourglass, big leaf maple burl, 12 x 9.5 in.

big leaf maple burl with Brazilian mahogany spindles
12 x 9.5 in.






natural rosewood top
honduran mahogany base with maple wedges
top dimension: 18 x 11.5 in.
table height: 30 in.


Born in San Diego, California, Bruce Gray graduated from Colorado State University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Fish and Wildlife Biology and in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts in Technical Journalism. In 1990, Bruce received a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle . He has been designing and building furniture professionally since 1991.

Bruce is quickly becoming a renowned furniture designer and craftsman. His designs and techniques have been published in the foremost woodworking periodicals, and his furniture featured in both TV and film. His work has appeared internationally in shows and galleries as well as in important private and corporate collections.

“…we consider him to be the best person working in his field in the province. With an innate sense of wood, he has highly developed creative design skills, and a driving perfectionism which leads to exceptional quality.”

John and Kathy Hooper, nationally-known artists, New Brunswick

“…work shows excellent taste, a fine knowledge of woods, and a true craftsman's application to detail…the result is both beautiful and functional…heirloom quality.”

Alan North, teacher, Alberta

“at first sight (the sculptured rocker) impressed us as a work of art…but when we sat in it, it felt like a custom-made suit. Things that are beautiful often don't necessarily work well, but you have crafted a masterpiece…both visually and in terms of function…"

Connie Ryan and Tom Bales, Coral Gables , Florida , USA


Wood. Beautiful wood.

All my designs are driven by the wood used in my projects. I strive to let it do the talking, not me. It is not controlled or contrived, but rather honest. Natural beauty can't be beat. I love wood. I try to design in a way that lets the wood speak for itself. My finishes are almost always hand-rubbed natural finishes that bring out its beauty, and I usually incorporate exquisitely figured wood in my designs. More and more, I find myself using local wood that I have felled and dried myself. When you start the furniture design process at the real beginning, you can't help but develop a deep appreciation of the evolution of the wood from tree to completed work

The technical excellence of a piece must be balanced with function and artistic merit. If furniture does not fulfill its function as well as be comfortable and safe, then it shouldn't be made. Artistic value of any object is always subjective. If push comes to shove and the wood has something strong to say, it usually wins. I respect the voice of wood.