The Lure of Fine Furniture: Studio Maker Chip Ogg

There’s the skill and talent of the craftsman. There’s the quality and character of the wood. And then, there’s the attention to detail. These are the things that distinguish fine, handcrafted furniture and mark the path between function and art.

Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers Member Chip Ogg

Guild member Charles Ogg spent his early professional years in the fast-moving, high stress environment of resort hospitality. But he found solace in carving wood. Affixing his first small trout to a piece of driftwood in 1980, the hobby became a parallel pursuit. While composing menus and leading a kitchen, he also placed his hand-carved fish in art shows and galleries all over New England.

Hand Carved Brook Trout by Chip Ogg VermontAfter 20 years Ogg decided to abandon the predictable path for an avenue that would—could?!– incorporate the things he liked best about his hobby and his obvious penchant for ‘making’ and handwork. Wanting to become part of a community of craftspeople, Chip undertook an apprenticeship with Vermont Guild of Furniture Makers member Charlie Shackleton in 1996. Seven years later, he emerged as a master furniture maker. Today at Shackleton Thomas, Ogg specializes in the design and adaptation of hand carved pieces.  In his own studio, Charles Ogg Fine Furniture and Custom Design, Chip manages to keep a fluid dialogue between the form and function of the pieces he creates.

Handcarved Mantel with Brook Trout by Chip Ogg VT

Many of you probably know that we’re square in the middle of Orvis country and New England is particularly known for its landscapes and recreational splendor. If you’re a hunter, trekker or fisherman, it’s been called something close to Nirvana. Chip gets requests to customize tables, chairs, benches and chests with sporting detail as a way to bring that particular passion into a home’s daily life.

Custom Cherry Sidetable with Fish Drawer Pull Chip Ogg VT

Perhaps a carver of birds, fish and fine things will always be known for how they handle the intricate but you can’t underestimate how they’ll see detail inside a larger canvas. This Arts & Crafts mahogany mantelpiece was designed with a wide shelf around three sides of the fireplace and the copper and claro walnut detail make it one of a kind. It’s a warm, strong focal point in the family’s living space, and subtly distinctive.

Chip Ogg Custom Arts & Crafts Mantel with Detail

It was William Morris who expressed that if he were interviewed as to the most important and most desirable outcome of art, the answer would be simple. The perfect achievement of both could be captured in a ‘beautiful home.’  Our members traverse that relationship with every piece and every project. Chip Ogg is an incredible, attentive listener and his creativity is available for you to tap. To learn more about Chip and how he works, visit his member profile on our website. Also check out the ‘Accessories’ page for a collection of good art and design synergy.

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