Furniture Maker Michael Fitzpatrick crafts exceptional furniture to order, for discerning designers, architects and furniture connosseurs.
Born in 1962, Michael Fitzpatrick has been working with his hands from a young age. Witnessing his grandfather, a farmer, furniture maker and housewright, Fitzpatrick was influenced in a personal, profound, and lifelong way. Growing up in Suffern NY, on his grandfathers farm, living in a post and beam barn that was restored, appointed and furnished by his grandfather, gave Fitzpatrick a rare insight to hands on potential.
After attending the University of New Hampshire on a lacrosse scholarship, and Boston University College of Engineering, Fitzpatrick began to rebuild buildings in Boston in his grandfathers manner: doing all the work himself with a hand selected crew. He learned many trades in the house building industry becoming most proficient in woodworking. In 1989 he moved to Marblehead Massachusetts, a quaint, seaside community where he set up a small shop nestled in “Old Burial Hill”. Here, he began making custom cabinets, wood furniture, and finish work for the old historic houses of Marblehead.
North Bennet Street School
In 2004 Fitzpatrick attended the full time, 2 year master program at the famous North Bennet Street School (www.nbss.org) in Boston to refine and further his furniture making skills. After graduation he set up a studio in Boston and makes his furniture pieces one at at time for his clients
Michael Fitzpatrick moved his shop from Boston to Westborough, MA in 2012. The barn/studio is part of his award winning restoration project where he resides with his wife Dr. Jean Keamy. (www.43ChurchSt.com)
Michael Fitzpatrick also plays guitar, several brass instruments, writes and records music, brews his own beer, cooks with a gourmet discipline, enjoys riding his Harley, and holds an unrestricted Massachusetts State Builders license.
An artists statement issued with his work for a show at the FullerCraft Museum ended with his synopsis:
“I am a furniture maker, I love to make things, and I am grateful that this is my job”.