Bill Long

BIO

Born and raised in the Low country, Bill Long began his career in furniture restoration after graduating from the College of Charleston with a degree in quantum physics. Classically trained in the Chippendale, Hepplewhite, and Sheraton styles with almost 30 years of fine period furnishing restoration under his belt at Golden & Associates Antiques, Long began to focus on the creation of his own ideas. In ensuing years, Long started to build spec furniture in an effort to give new life to grand, exotic trees harvested for scrap wood from Low country plantations and riverbeds. Inspired by sculptor-craftsman George Nakashima, one of the fathers of the 20th-century American craft movement, Long integrates the use of various traditional hand tools as well as polish and joinery techniques into clean-lined, modern furniture. In accordance with Nakashima, Long believes in the soul of the tree, manipulating the wood to have a “free-edge” aesthetic. He explores the organic expressiveness of wood, choosing boards with knots and burls and figured grain. Long’s signature woodworking design includes furniture made of large wood slabs with smooth tops but unfinished natural edges, consisting of multiple slabs connected with butterfly joints. Perhaps most significant, he approaches woodworking with discipline and patience, striving for perfection in every stage of construction.
Bill Long has been featured in Charleston Mag as well as The Bridge Radio Station, with much of his work residing in private collections. Long’s studio is located in a 20th century farmhouse in Hollywood, South Carolina, about 30 miles from Charleston.

“You can just see the love in Bill Long’s one-of-a-kind furniture pieces—love of the wood, that defining grain, and the pure form.”
-Stephanie Boozer, Charleston Mag
“He continues the city’s long tradition of furniture makers, and his reverence for that heritage extends down to the source of the wood itself. “That’s just part of being Southern,” he says.”
-Stephanie Boozer, Charleston Mag
“Once I have a vision, the execution is nothing; I’m just letting the wood be what it is.”
-Bill Long, featured in Charleston Mag
“The tree gives me grain to accentuate. The beauty is in the life, stress, and rot of the tree itself.”
-Bill Long

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