Doug Jones is currently Assistant Professor and Program Head of Fine Woodworking at Santa Fe Community College and operates a furniture studio in Los Lunas, New Mexico. Prior to moving west, he was the program head for woodworking at the Shelburne Art Center near Burlington, Vermont. Doug holds an MFA in Furniture Design from Rhode Island School of Design and a BA from Wesleyan University.
Doug’s current work combines fine woodworking with fire processes evolved from the Japanese technique of “shou sugi ban.” Burning creates a rich, variable surface of complex color, texture and form. Grain and glue lines are etched deeply revealing new relationships within the wood, emphasizing patterns. Doug uses a combination of brushing, waxing, and finishing techniques to enhance these effects. Working with cleaved and natural edge wood has expanded the possibilities inherent in this process.