I love wood. I always have.
- Its grain and figuration, like abstract paintings.
- Its texture, smooth or complex.
- Strong yet resilient.
I have worked with wood for over 60 years, beginning as a boy in my father’s woodshop. While pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering, I studied sculpture with Joseph House at the University of Pennsylvania and with Bernard Brenner near Philadelphia. I have also practiced and taught fine-art color photography and aesthetic composition.
I began professional woodworking in the 1970’s in Santa Fe, New Mexico where I designed and personally built several houses. Although I have created a variety of wood furniture and smaller items, my primary interest is focussed on live edge tables. My tables are functional works of art, hopefully to be enjoyed and cherished forever.
"Working with Fred was an absolute pleasure. He provided me a tremendous amount of options and communicated the pros/cons at each decision point. Fred kept me in the communication loop throughout the process with status updates and pictures. Fred shipped the items in protective crates. I am extremely pleased with our table and I highly recommend Fred."
"Today I put the table together. Man, it is a beauty! My wife is so impressed with Fred's craftsmanship and work. Thank you so much, Fred, for making us a beautiful piece of furniture. We are SO happy! Fred helped us locate and choose a beautiful sycamore slab for the project. The workmanship and attention to detail is very impressive, and communication was a breeze. We highly recommend Fred for any custom wood project!"
"The table arrived last week, and we assembled it last night. It is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for creating such a wonderful piece of art. It is the perfect addition to our home."
"Fantastic experience. Great communication at each step in the process. Beautiful end product! I highly recommend working with Fred!!"
"Fred made us a beautiful kitchen table. The table is stunning. He even included us in the process of picking the wood, which was a great experience. He provided different sketches to visualize our descriptions and he communicated and followed up throughout the process to ensure the table, base and legs were what we wanted. His knowledge and expertise are evident in his work. If you are looking for something beautifully made, you should reach out to him immediately."
"After seeing some of Fred Blum's work on-line and a brief phone conversation, we knew we found the right craftsman for our custom dining table. From design, to wood selection, to fabrication, to delivery and final assembly, he exceeded our expectations every step of the way. Our Fredric Blum-designed walnut table has heirloom written all over it! What a wonderful experience!
"Our experience with Fred was very professional, open and easy. Despite being miles apart, our correspondence throughout the entire process was almost as if we were speaking in person. Fred helped us pick out our custom live-edge slab, while sharing his insights and experiences with certain woods. Through weekly emails that included updates, pictures and questions, we were kept in the loop the entire time. This enabled us to openly share any concerns, yet give him the freedom a craftsman should have. In the end, Fred's technique and aesthetic sense produced a true work of art. The table speaks for itself. Cheers to many great dinner parties in the future. It was a pleasure working with him."
"Thank you very much for the custom cherry coffee table that you made for us. It's beautifully designed and crafted, and looks great in our livingroom. Even your packing crate was so well done that it made it to Maui in perfect condition. We look forward to having you make our dining room table in the near future!"
"We couldn't be more pleased with our whole experience with Fredric Blum. Once a price and project were agreed upon, we received regular emails which included updated time frames, photos of the work in progress, and delivery information. He was polite, professional, well spoken, and a very, very talented craftsman. Without hesitation we would recommend his work (and already have!). Thank you for such a beautiful dining table. We will enjoy it for years to come -- so exciting to see our idea come to fruition!"
"Working with Fred was wonderful. He was reliable and professional from the beginning -- quick with a proposal, prompt with responses, sensitive to my design requests, eager to make me part of the process from start to finish, diligent in providing photos along the way, and conscientious when it came to delivery and shipping across the country. His work is beautiful and our custom dining table is exactly what I envisioned."
"We are very happy with our Fred Blum dining table. It is well designed and sturdy. Guests to our home always comment on its beauty and we often see dinner guests running their hands along the wood grain."
"Lisa and I would like to thank you for our wonderful elm table and bench. From the moment we started the project, you have included us in every step, ensuring that we were fully comfortable with every decision. You took us to the lumberyard and then to the sawmill to educate us about wood types and help us find the wood we wanted. As a result of keeping us fully involved, we have exactly the table and bench we wanted.
"In addition, you made the whole process fun.
"The table is absolutely beautiful, exhibiting the care and attention to detail that you took in building it. You have created us something that will be in our family for a long time."
"Working with slabs of 2" thick cherry, Fred created an elegant built-in desk and bench. His craftsmanship is intelligent; he made use of the natural imperfections in the wood to inform his design and details. I'm saving up for a dining table next!"
"Fred designed a dining room table to fit my room size and desires, as well as my life style. We consulted via email and phone about the actual wood as well as the design. Fred is meticulous with details and artistic with designs. I am totally delighted with my new dining room table, and all my friends love it too."
"The care that Fred devoted to the both design and construction of my score-reading table was extraordinary. I enjoy it every day but I know it will be treasured by our family for generations; the ingenuity and artfulness of its form and quality of its build will be admired 100 years from now."
"Our live-edge slab cocktail table is a chef d'oeuvre, a masterpiece. It has become the focal point of our den. Our table is a work of art . . . a painting in wood that brings the beauty of nature into our cozy room.
Working with an artist is always a very inspirational experience for me. I loved the picking of the slab with him, talking about the shape and size, and finally trusting him to make the ultimate decisions.
We entertain all the time and every guest remarks about our beautiful table. It is a superior work of art that keeps giving and giving."
Fredric delivered more than I could have asked for with this beautiful project. He has been impeccably realistic, attentive and receptive to both my wildest and most mundane ideas, while gently reminding me of structural ramifications of ideas, and always offering solutions.
Fredric never once tried to dissuade me from an idea; he simply offered options to achieve them gracefully. As an engineer, artist and craftsman, the multiple degrees he has earned are manifest in his uncanny ability to bring your visions to fruition in such a way that they will last a lifetime. After our initial design discussion, we were constantly on the same page throughout this project, and I outright refuse to work with anyone else from this day forth.
"Fred very kindly sought our input throughout the design and building process. He wanted the table to be a perfect fit for our family, and he most certainly achieved his goal! Its functionality and beauty continue to serve us well on a daily basis in so many different ways!"