Friday, October 24, 2008

High Point Profile: Lawrence Berndt

Gibson guitar and various hardwood veneers by Berndt
Fender stratocaster, tiger eye maple neck

Lexus steering wheel, unfinished

I am surrounded by amazing designers, thinkers and artists here at CaBoom in High Point, NC. Lawrence Berndt is one of the visionaries at this exciting show. Lawrence discovered his passion for wood 30+ years ago and never looked back. Today, his company that has made the birdseye maple wood component in the Lexus steering wheel, the body of Gibson guitars, the neck of the Fender Stratocaster among other technically refined projects involving wood. 

His expertise and depth of knowledge is inspiring. Located in Cornish, NH his company is FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) certified, an early adopter achieveing this sustainability standard. 

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