We are artist-craftsmen building original furniture for a discerning clientele.
Back Row: Leslie Weeks, Aubrey Weeks, Austin Weeks, Kitty Page
Front Row: Aaron Jones, Gary Weeks, Will Rothelle
This company of artisans grew out of my love of wood and my life's work of building things for people. I have built fences, barns, houses, and furniture. I taught myself along the way — taking ever more complicated jobs and pursuing the best materials, finest fit and finish, and most appropriate design. In 1992, as an exit strategy from custom work and general contracting and as a labor of love, I designed the rocking chair that has both anchored and propelled Gary Weeks and Company, Furniture Makers.
The "and Company" might better read "and Accompaniment." In some ways our furniture company is like a garage band in which I happen to write most of the songs and sing lead, for now. I work with people who are as much friends as employees; I want to keep that.
In another sense, the "and Company" is just right. We produce an impeccable product on time. We serve our customers, support our suppliers, and respect our employees, accurately accounting for all. I want this "company" to outlive me.
This is a family business. Leslie keeps the books. Aubrey works part time coordinating the shipping, purchases, and general office work, and she sands and finishes. I work the phone, the infernal terminal, and on the facility, furniture, and process. Austin runs the shop. While I taught myself to do things that I had never seen done, he grew up seeing difficult and complex work performed as a matter of course. He can build furniture as well as I can, but faster. He is relaxed, confident, and inspired. But his greatest genius and contribution has been his organization and leadership. The men working with us did not have highly developed furniture making skills when they came to our furniture company and some had none. I would have them bottle feeding calves; he has them riding bulls.
Each of us has written an "artist's biographical sketch." If you wish to read them, they are linked to our names in the caption of the photo above and to our names in the sidebar.