Kevin Cwalina

For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated with making things. I was fortunate that my father regularly conscripted my help on everything from building decks and screened in porches to repairing electronics and building computers. I was often set free to experiment and create, spending countless hours taking apart trash-bound furniture and computer peripherals. Sometimes I was even successful at putting them back together again.   

The result was that by age ten I was more interested in building tree houses than playing in them and I quickly become the unofficial neighborhood tree house contractor and computer guru.

Following this passion for making, I studied Theatrical Design at North Carolina School of the Arts and went on to work professionally as a Scenic Designer in New York City. I had the pleasure of working on some incredible productions, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Blue Man Group, and acted as a supervisor for the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square.

After leaving New York I moved to Asheville, NC to begin refining my skills as a woodworker and furniture designer. I was grateful to find several key mentors there, including Sylvie Rosenthal, Peter Follansbee, Jögge Sundqvist, Drew Langsner, and Carl Swensson.

Building on what I have learned over the years, I recently created my own furniture design and fabrication studio in Charlottesville, VA and have started taking on commissioned work in addition to fabrication of my own original designs.