Discover Woodworker Casey McCafferty’s Ingenious Designs
The New Jersey–based artisan crafts bold furnishings and objects out of ebonized ash, walnut, and stone
Casey McCafferty creates bold multidimensional tables, chairs, and totems out of massive chunks of wood, embellished with clever details and nuanced textures. His love of nature is matched only by his respect for Studio Craft movement masters such as Wendell Castle. “I started off with a huge interest in craft. Using hand tools for me was an addiction,” he explains. “I have now strayed from them and am using power tools. I consider my sculptures to be doodles that end up looking very primal.”
A self-taught woodworker raised in a family of masons, McCafferty worked in a bank before relocating to northern New Jersey to set up his studio, where he produces masterfully carved objects out of ebonized ash, walnut, and stone. “I have been lucky enough to get to a point where I sculpt in the studio, and my private clients and galleries that represent me are just about as excited as I am for each new sculpture,” says the artist, whose work is available through Jeff Lincoln Art + Design in Southampton, New York, and London’s Gallery Fumi. “The goal is to stay passionate about what I am producing. I want the practice to always be driven by passion and never by demand.”
“The goal is to stay passionate about what I am producing. I want the practice to always be driven by passion and never by demand.”Casey McCafferty
A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2021 Winter Issue under the headline “Material Goods.” Subscribe to the magazine.