Craftsmanship Across the Board
Paul Schürch is the proprietor of Schürch Woodwork in Santa Barbara, California. He is a well-respected, European-trained master craftsman, instructor and designer, with his marquetry furniture on exhibit in public and private collections around the world. His formal training includes a 1972 Swiss apprenticeship as a church organ builder and continuing journeyman work at the International Boat Building Training Center in England. Paul regularly spends time in Europe to study and preserve the dying art of traditional furniture conservation and to continue learning, practicing and teaching new styles and techniques of surface decoration using wood, metal and stone. He has been teaching veneering, marquetry and furniture design seminars at MASW since 1997. As a consultant and a contributing educator to the trades, he has been featured on covers of Fine Woodworking, CWB, and Woodworker West magazines and has had articles and pictures of his work featured in national magazines and furniture design books since 1985. He has won many national awards for his furniture and art pieces and occasionally exhibits his pieces at selected galleries in the US and Europe.