Arthur Espenet Carpenter II (1920-2006) was a master woodworker and furniture maker known for his wishbone chair and desk with scalloped seashell sides. Self-taught, he joined the Baulines Craft Guild. He also taught apprentices. His work is in the collection of the Smithsonian InstitutionMuseum of Modern Art and Museum of Arts and Design in New York. He was declared a “living California treasure” in 1984. He received The Furniture Society's Award of Distinction in 2001. He also documented his projects and wrote a book called Education of a Woodsmith which his son, Tripp Carpenter, and Linda Moore published after his passing.


"Arthur Espenet Carpenter, my father, was one of the most original, creative designers of contemporary 20th century furniture. His pieces are on display throughout the country, from the Oakland Museum in California to the Yale University Museum. Here are just a few of his spectacular pieces. Please check out my father's book, Education of a Woodsmith."

-- Tripp Carpenter


By Arthur Espenet Carpenter

This is my father's book. Twenty years in the making,160 pages of color photos and a well-written text describing his evolution of becoming a designer and maker of exceptionally well-crafted and extremely handsome furniture. This book is a must for any woodworker or designer.


Please note: The book is SOLD OUT! Contact me to be  notified of the next publication: 

© 2017 by Espenet Furniture

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