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There are few works that can be recognized by whose hand they were formed. Norm Friar makes art with such a marvel of design and beauty that you can distinguish his work at a glance.  As a former engineer and computer programmer, Norm would seem to be working outside of his element. With a quick review it’s clear that art has been his calling all along. Most works are planned in more detail than first meets the eye. There’s a process to selecting each log, aligning the directions of the grain in every board, and creative solutions for the shape, size, thickness, species, glue and finish to have the greatest impact on strength, longevity, and beauty with little regard to the complexity or the time it will take to make the strongest and most lasting impact to the collection. There’s frequent use of the dovetail spline key, which is the strongest and most difficult dovetail style joint to accomplish. There’s no trim, plugs, veneers, or overlaps that are commonly used to hide construction details and discrepancies. There are no screws, nails, brads, staples, modern or artificial fastening. The works are designed to be held together without the need for glue through the use of interlocking joints, which when glued become extremely strong assemblies. The most obvious results of his work are the one of a kind original designs.

 Although it may seem a long way from his former engineering role his complex designs, creative solutions, and new ways of looking at old practices are clearly designed through a focused professional effort. At a glance one can see that Norm’s vision to make a difference in the world will keep making the difference timeless for generations to come...

Norm Friar
1609 Windsor Dr
Harrison Ar