Bill Castle carries on the Adirondack tradition of handcrafting tables,
chairs, stools, and doors by harvesting native woods as those of the Greater
Adirondack area. The Adirondack style, Bill says, reunites people with
Bill Castle is heavily influenced by the simple but beautiful work of
George Nakashima - Japan's world-famous furniture maker. Castle is best
known for his radical, hand-chiseled approach to table surface treatments
- inspired as a way to avoid the use of power tools.
Crooked or wind-blown trees provide an alternative to commercial lumber
production and tropical rainforest devastation. For a builder, this allows
the privilege of selection and the chance to seek out unusual tree, twig,
and bark formations.
are sealed with a coating of shellac (a natural preservative produced
from the secretions of the South East Asian beetle) and a hand-rubbed
tung oil finish. Sometimes, the natural red cedar, yellow birch, white
pine, and ironwood is stained with coffee, wine, or black walnut hulls.