Michael Cullen, trained by English furniture maker David Powell, is part of a woodworking lineage that stretches back to Edward and Sidney Barnsley and the era of English Arts and Crafts. With 30 years in the craft, his work ranges from delicate dovetailed boxes that fit in your hand to monolithic sculptural pieces that are best lifted with a crane. Cullen’s range as a designer is extremely broad. His work ranges from exquisitely detailed and elegantly veneered formal furniture to monolithic hunks of wood. In between are many pieces patterned with distinctive surface carvings and colored with milk paint. Cullen also builds what he calls fantasy pieces, which can range from whimsical furniture to pure sculpture. Whichever mode he happens to be working in, Cullen produces pieces displaying sound proportions, intriguing textures, and superb craftsmanship.
Cullen’s work has been shown throughout North America, Europe and New Zealand. His work can be found in both private and public collections. He has been published extensively in both books and magazines. Over the past twenty years he has served as a contributing editor for woodworking magazines and has written over sixty articles on design and making. His education includes a BS in mechanical engineering and extensive training with David Powell at Leeds Design Workshops in the mid-1980’s.