Woodworker / Artist

sunset

life in Gualala
windswept gnarled doug fir
our tough as nails paradise


sunset over the Pacific
                                                                from a ridgetop in Gualala

                                                        (photo and haiku by barry semegran)

Born and raised in New York City, I was able to take advantage of a broad range of cultural facilities and activities. My earliest interests, however, definitely were science oriented and this carried through my first years of academic study at UC San Diego pursuing chemistry and marine biology.

Finding modern scientific thought to be too much analysis and not enough synthesis, I began studying Philosophy at UC Santa Barbara, especially Ancient Greek Philosophy. Known as the "Queen of the Sciences", Philosophy afforded me the opportunity to contemplate the most general principles such as being, goodness, and beauty and to study other's attempts to become enlightened or understand these things. I continued with post-graduate work in Ancient Greek Philosophy and Classics at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

My interest in art and aesthetics stem from my fascination with the beauty inherent in every aspect of our universe, be it on the microscopic level all the way to the galactic. My abilities in art or craft stem most likely in part from my genetic inheritance combined with my persistence in learning, as well as I can, whatever subject grabs my interest and concentration. Woodworking has done so for more than 25 years.

I make custom tables, blanket chests, easels, lamps, screens, beds, built-ins and lathe turned accessories for many of the spectacular homes along the Mendocino/Sonoma coast. Living in redwood country affords me the opportunity to built outdoor furniture using this beautiful and durable wood. Now you can purchase my creations no matter where you live. Please explore my web site and contact me for further information.

Barry Semegran
PO Box 776
Gualala, CA 95445
707/884-4606
barrysemegran.com

 

 

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Haiku

     about trees and wood 

                                               by barry semegran 

 

 

cold brown stiff redwood needles

sown by the fall wind

forest floor throw rug

 

 

 

southwind rain gusts

bristling NW weathered trees

nape hair forward blown

 

 

 

dew filled spider webs

tensely woven in the sun

hold up the dead limbs

 

 

 

redwood needles strewn

by pruning south wind

Gualala’s winter gardener

 

 

 

tiny birds perch

winter’s naked branches

in feathered foliage

 

 

 

decades in giant’s shadow

yet still young

a side shoot succumbs contorted

 

 

 

 

 

frontyard, old family tree

branch tips flesh out spring growth

from ancient roots

 

 

 

ridge fall colors rise

amidst live greens of summer

torchfire bronzed Doug fir

 

 

 

flash flood bent myrtle

trapped in log strewn creek

no twig appeared out of place

 

 

 

cycles of sun energy

build season around season

rings of the tree

 

 

 

tall forested Gualala

redwoods seek the light

and the waving kelp

 

 

 

 

stars hang behind

solstice lights sway on and off

sequoia limbs

 

 

 

binding dead limbs

dew filled spider webs

taut in the drying sun

 

 

 

crown of white crowned sparrows

coronates a winter

tree with feathered foliage

 

 

 

spring douglas iris

crouching in low grass looking up

at its skyreaching namesake

 

 

 

through a hollow snag

the Gualala wind flutes notes

pitched to song sparrows

 

 

 

hands and nose working wood

layered rings of perfumed days

logging in to eternity

 

 

 

redwood limbs

waving to the sea

beckon hugging fog

 

 

 

 

wrinkled woodturner

speaks of sawdust past

shaved from exotic crotches chucked

 

 

 

sun warmed niche

seek shade and shiver

goofy, woodsy Gualala

 

 

 

second growth redwoods

sorry I missed your folks

siblings encircle grave

 

 

 

redwood towering

close, newly emerged sapling

it is, no envy

 

 

 

fresh scent of woods

cellulose curls and shavings

unswept shop at dawn

 

 

 

stiff winds in creaking redwoods

needled sails so tall

riding the ship Gualala

 

 

 

 

summer colors Gualala

salmon steaks barbecue

fresh sawn redwood rounds

 

 

 

below a brilliant sun

fog needles drip

too early redwood evening

 

 

underneath scorching sun

needles drip fog

too early redwood evening

 

 

 

watching the fireplace

years and years of wooden sunshine

rewarming our home

 

 

 

trees stories tall

folding creekside

now bookmatched on the beach

 

 

 

windshadow pine meadow

needles harbor salt spray

weeping on seedlings

 

 

 

 

 

male yellow dust clouds

the air

pine pollen reigns

both sides of the road

 

 

 

cold stiff needles

sown by the fall redwood

wind

stitch the shirt to my back

 

 

 

sunset climbs lightly

to the redwood crown

becoming starlight

 

 

well-worn redwood floor

struck by life's mint

indented patina

 

 

decades in giant's shadow

a young side shoot

succumbs contorted

 

 

cold stiff redwood needles

sown by the fall wind

carpets the forest floor

 

 

long, leathery leaves

August season encrusted

and the bone dry roots

 

 

 

straight and narrow with windings

redwood's poison oak wrap

logging armor

 

 

 

balanced and guided forces

divide the seasons

driving nails by feel

 

 

redwood towering

close by, newly emerged sapling

they are; no envy

 

 

second growth redwoods

sorry to have missed your folks

siblings encircle grave

 

 

stacking oak firewood

counting warm cozy evenings

none ever for sure

 

 

redwood branch tips

upturned hundreds fold

trees on trees

 

 

                                       above haiku by barry semegran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TESTIMONIALS

 

"Barry Semegran is a master furniture builder of incomparable skill
and vision. Our home is filled with many of his lovely pieces."

-- M. & B. C., The Sea Ranch, CA

 

"I was out of town when the chest ...was delivered. Your beautiful

chest! I was bowled over by its beauty and craftsmanship...we hope

you might be talked into another commission."

--R. C., Ojai, CA

 

"Thank you again for your fine craftsmanship. We are very pleased. Enclosed

is your balance due with a little extra for you. ...We will have the opportunity

to show off your fine work, each time someone enters our home.

I'm certain your skills will be in great demand and we would

be very happy to recommend you to anyone."

--C. & B. D., Gualala, CA

 


"My wife and I had for a few years been looking for a cabinet that would complete our home, a final piece of furniture that would light up the room. By chance I came across Barry Semegrans web page and saw a lot of beautiful pieces, especially a wine cabinet that was a collaboration of Barry Semegran and Adelle Platt. With the help of Barry Semegran we found a shipping solution that would take the cabinet to Sweden, Europe, for a reasonable price. Two weeks later we were very happy to see that it was even more beautiful in real life, made with the type of craftmanship you normally don't see today. It now gives our living room that extra something we were hoping and waiting for."
 
Peter Sjoblom, Stockholm, Sweden