Andy has his workshop in the secluded hardwood forests of the Chesapeake Bay region of Virginia.
Heavily influenced by the furniture making writers of the 70’s and 80’s, he has been making furniture for 40 years, but not all of that time was in the workshop. His prior career in Navy surface ships and as a Naval nuclear engineer kept him at sea and out of the shop for long stretches, but forced him to learn the craft by reading and doing when time allowed. For the past 10 years he has been in his shop full time and loves it!
In stewardship of the environment, Andy uses pre-fallen hardwoods local to the studio in much of his work, having harvested, milled and dried the lumber himself. Already a competent wood carver, he began investigating CNC carving several years ago so he could incorporate that into his furniture, and in some cases produce pieces that would be difficult or impossible to do by hand. His CNC work has graced pieces as varied as a Celtic Cross for a Church sanctuary to simple boxes with complex carvings. He believes that the thoughtful use of CNC tools is a natural and valid progression in the evolution of studio furniture making, and he has spread the knowledge he has gained in CNC freely through his informative videos on his YouTube channel, AndyPitts1000.
Andy has taught in several venues, most recently an inaugural CNC course at Peter’s Valley School of Craft in New Jersey. He is an active Juried Master Artisan of the Artisans Center of Virginia, an organizer of the Northern Neck Artisan’s Trail, and is a member and past board member of The Furniture Society.