Jason Breen, Jete table, 2013, cherry, 16 x 23 x 28
How can a craftsman work on a higher plane than simply making things? I have long wondered what I could do to make this world a better place. I have always felt that my creations enrich the lives of those who come into contact with them, through beauty of design and materials. I have only recently realized that I my furniture can bring people together – which encourages a healthy community.
I have been a part of many vibrant communities. In all of them food brought us together. Even in college, we worked independently on our theses, but when we sat down to eat, we talked together about what we were learning. Farmers, of course, grow food, but weary farmers sit around a table and eat and talk and create friendships and beyond, bonds that are hard to explain with mere words.
My hope for these few pieces is for friends to sit together in comfort long after a good meal. Perhaps the owner will slowly get to know a piece, with their hands. There are secrets to discover in the feel of a piece. Small drawers can store many secrets. Share them with the ones you love.
Born in 1969, Jason Breen grew up in rural Connecticut in the cabin his family built during his childhood. He studied instrument building, first in West Virginia with Wayne Henderson, then with Gib Taylor at Marlboro College, earning a BA in 1992. During his college years, Mr. Breen worked with Elliot and Geri Coleman farming in Vershire, Vermont. After graduating he stayed in Marlboro and worked with MacArthur Builders as a house carpenter and timber-framer for six years. In 1998 he married and opened his own shop, alternately farming and woodworking for several years at Fair Winds Farm in Brattleboro, VT where he lived with his wife's family.
A member of the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers and Brattleboro West Arts, Mr. Breen has shown work around the state in group exhibits. Although much of his work has been custom orders, he has recently been building pieces of his own design with the hope of encouraging a love for place and community.
In 2004 a growing Breen family moved to a new house in West Brattleboro where they homestead, produce maple syrup, build furniture, raise hay and two children and invite friends and neighbors to help and learn. Mr. Breen makes sounds with a guitar in his spare time.