Tom Dolese was born on the Navaho Reservation in the small town of Ganado, Arizona. In college, Tom studied Mathematics, Environmental Geology and Geophysics.
Tom's geophysics work led to doing research in Yellowstone Park and it was there, on his days off, that he built a small scribe-fit log cabin. As he was working on the cabin, especially the interior of the cabin, he realized that he was more interested in creating furniture than the study of Geophysics. In 1986, Tom started designing and building furniture and in a few years became a full-time furniture maker.
Currently, Tom builds gallery and commission pieces in Bellingham, WA. He teaches woodworking as well.
Jennifer Dolese, who does leaded glass and marquetry work, and Tom collaborate on lighting and furniture pieces. They are members of the Northwest Woodworkers Gallery in Seattle, WA and exhibit at The Wood Merchant Gallery in LaConner, WA. Jennifer and Tom's work can be viewed at www.terrafirmadesignnw.com