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As a former engineer and computer programmer Norm Friar now seems to be working outside of his element. He’s spent most of his working life wearing a tie behind a desk trying to make a difference in the world. After seeing the results of so many efforts fall away to revisions, upgrades, and obsolete methods his disappointment is that there’s now nothing left to show for it. By questioning what results of any job will be apparent centuries from now he’s realized that to make a lasting impact on society it’s going to be through art that is ageless. With a quick review it’s clear that his art, the likes of which are creatively fresh yet enduring, has been his calling all along.
His woodworking skills began by creating affordable and beautifully designed caskets for those that preferred a lower cost burial. The custom designed products today encompass chests, tables, beds, kitchen boards, podiums, boats, urns, and caskets with most of them looking like they took months if not years to accomplish. It’s worthy to note that the costs of his finest caskets compete with the lowest model that funeral homes carry. Most works are planned in more detail than first meets the eye. There’s a process to selecting each log, aligning the directions of the grain in every board, and creative solutions for the shape, size, thickness, species, glue and finish to have the greatest impact on strength, longevity, and beauty with little regard to the complexity or the time it will take to make the strongest and most lasting impact to the collection.
A common misconception is that his work is inlay, which is thin strips of wood that are glued into recesses, which doesn’t hold up well to time. Norm’s work is robust and solid pieces of a process that he’s pioneering called vertical flow laminate that’s visible from the inside and out of his art. There’s frequent use of the dovetail spline key, which is the strongest and most difficult dovetail style joint to accomplish. There’s no trim, plugs, veneers, or overlaps that are commonly used to hide construction details and discrepancies. There are no screws, nails, brads, staples, modern or artificial fastening. The works are designed to be held together without the need for glue through the use of interlocking joints, which when glued become extremely strong assemblies.
There are few works that can be recognized by whose hand they were formed. Norm’s mission from the start has been to make art with such a marvel of design and beauty that the world would be able to distinguish his work at a glance. Although it may seem a long way from his former engineering role his complex designs, creative mechanisms, and new ways of looking at old practices that are the basis for his elaborate creations are an advance to art through engineering. In an instant one can see that Norm’s vision to make a difference in the world has not just succeeded, they’ve the character to keep making the difference timeless for generations to come.