Stone and Dove Hardwood Lighting is a collaboration between Dan Trachtman, the owner and designer, and a small group of master woodworkers and a glassblower. Each piece is a synthesis of fine woodworking and often beautiful hand blown or flat glass. The craftsmanship embraces the tenets of the early twentieth century Arts and Crafts movement. Because of the handmade process and natural materials, each piece is unique.
Stone & Dove’s name comes from the Hebrew translations of Dan’s kids’ names - “Evan” meaning stone and “Jonah” meaning dove. The words also speak to the durability of the traditional craftsmanship as well as the timelessness, beauty, and harmony of the natural materials.
Each lamp is produced using sustainable domestic hardwoods such as maple, cherry and walnut. Most pieces use packaging foam that is 100% biodegradable.
It took several months for Dan to select the woodworkers and glass artists to produce these lamps. Each individual is not only at the master level in their field, but also expressed particular interest in solving the challenges these unique lamps produce and were excited about seeing these designs become reality.
Dan Trachtman is the owner and creative vision behind Stone and Dove products. He worked as a graphic designer and creative director for over twenty years, doing work for a variety of clients such as The National Gallery of Art, NPR and The Library of Congress before shifting his focus to three-dimensional objects. He has taught design on the college level and holds an MFA in Design from California College of the Arts.
His interest in hardwood lighting began with furniture building in his modest basement wood shop. He soon learned that to truly bring his ideas to life he needed the help of the most skilled craftspeople. The collaboration allows him to focus on design and running the business while the more experienced colleagues can focus on their areas of expertise.
Don Bayne, Bayne Custom Furniture
One of Don's favorite photos is of him, age six, helping his dad at the table saw. His father was a Master Carpenter and instilled in Don the love of craft and precision. While Don distinguishes himself as a Master Woodworker (and is happy to explain the distinction), he also has training as a draftsman which is evident in his detailed drawings.
His shop opened in the mid 80s and soon grew in size to include over a dozen employees. Nowadays, he prefers a much smaller operation and the ability to be choosy about the sorts of jobs he accepts, focusing primarily on "specialty projects."
Paul Deosaren, Concept Wood Design
Paul is a sophisticated problem solver who is comfortable employing the most advanced woodworking techniques when needed. He got his start building theater props before opening his own shop with his brother. They now employ half a dozen woodworkers who share his love of the craft. His shop also has an extensive collection of wood species that are all carefully sourced from suppliers they know well.
Tom Scheve, TCS Woodworking
Tom has been a woodworker for over 25 years and spent most of it focused on high end cabinetry and fine furniture. He says he has always worked alone because he has not been able to find an assistant as passionate and fastidious as he is. Despite his love of traditional techniques, he also knows how to use modern machining techniques when necessary.
Tim McFadden, McFadden Art Glass
Tim is possibly one of the most talented glass blowers on the east coast if not the country. Dan discovered him after a very experienced glass artist described him as, “the best he had ever seen.” Tim has blown everything from Chihuly style fixtures to intricate goblets. For him, blowing glass is a meditative daily practice he finds grounding and nurturing. What he brings to Stone and Dove lamps elevates each to one of a kind works of art.