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By Ann Nichols

Staff Writer

Joseph Brogdon, owner of Joseph Brogdon Construction, is a full-time builder who makes furniture as another way to express his creativity.

"I actually learned to build furniture through building timber frame houses," he said. "The joinery is the same, just on a different scale as the tools and techniques are a little different."

Brogdon's latest creations will go on view Friday at The Gallery in Red Bank. His exhibition, "Pegged," will be composed of farm tables, coffee tables, benches, chairs, mirrors and frames. Each item has been constructed from recycled wood and steel.

"The woods I select have to meet one of two criteria," he said. "They either have to be recycled, or they have to be local and naturally fallen or salvaged."

Because of these restrictions, Brogdon most often uses heart pine, red and white oak, hickory and poplar. He scavenges old buildings and construction sites and spends a lot of time in the woods looking for good logs. Initially, his aesthetic was traditional, but as he has evolved he has grown to enjoy a more contemporary style. He describes his work as "industro-rustic pieces that may have live-edge wood with a really clean set of lines, perched on some really overbuilt steel."

For him, a successful piece of furniture combines good design with solid execution. He strives to create works that are not only functional but unique and "look amazing" in some fashion.

"Pegged" will continue through Dec. 15. A reception will be held Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Gallery in Red Bank, 3918 Dayton Blvd., is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and by appointment. Call 870-2443.

Contact Ann Nichols at annsnichols@aol.com.

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