The Craftsman – Forrest Cramer
It seems that his name destined him to be surrounded by wood because from a very young age, Forrest could often be found designing and creating something with it. From the annual tradition of carving a Santa at Christmas time to the Cedar Strip Canoe that he made with his dad and brother to the Hammered Dulcimer he designed and made for 4-H, he was always doing something in the shop.
After graduating from high school, Forrest apprenticed with a violin maker in Fort Collins, Colorado. There, his carving, artistry and design skills were finely honed. After completing the apprenticeship, he spent nine years restoring high end antique furniture, learning old joinery techniques and mastering the highest quality of furniture refinishing. It was during this time that he began to design and build custom pieces of furniture, often carving intricate and beautiful Victorian reproductions.
In August of 2011, Forrest started his own business, Pin & Scroll: Elegant Wood Designs, bringing with him over a decade of experience in fine craftsmanship and woodworking artistry. His designs gracefully combine old joinery methods with modern design elements, creating heirloom pieces that are timeless in their appearance and will last for lifetimes to come.
Why Pin and Scroll?
The joint itself is beautiful, especially when contrasting woods are used for the drawer front and sides, but the strength of the joint is what makes it remarkable. It is rare that a drawer that was assembled using this type of joint will ever come apart. It was this combination of enduring strength and beauty that inspired Forrest to choose this name for the business. Pin & Scroll: Elegant Wood Designs uniquely captures the timelessness and uncompromising quality that he strives for in everything he creates.
To create unique and individual pieces of furniture that express the beauty of the wood, are of the highest quality and have timeless appeal.
To nurture relationships with clients and professional peers that create complete satisfaction with the product and promotes quality referrals.
To continue to grow and develop new skills, whether woodworking, artistic or business related.
To maintain a healthy balance between work and personal life, to foster a love for life and enjoyment of the woodworking craft.