Meet Martin Pruitt
After studying geo-physics engineering for two years at Washington & Lee University, I took a one year leave of absence to pursue my love of woodworking. I found a home for my creative drive when I attended the Cabinet and Furniture Making Program at North Bennet Street School. The program is based on an intensive hands-on training in traditional design, furniture making and fine craftsmanship. The training method at the school encourages students to develop hand skills along with an understanding of tools, materials, processes and a sense of care and commitment to excellence. After completing my training at NBSS, circumstances led me to Roanoke, Virginia where I entered the construction field. I have run Cornerstone Builders, Inc., a renovation and remodeling company for the past sixteen years. This has allowed me the opportunity to incorporate architectural millwork into my projects while building furniture as opportunity allowed. A recent project in which I built the altar for my church re-ignited my passion for furniture making and Birch Bluff Furniture Company was born.
Design is about proportion and flow. My construction company features a design/build aspect that parallels my training in classic period furniture design. I incorporate these concepts into my building designs as well as my furniture. I take great pride in all the details of my work beginning with the design concept and ending with the finished product. My furniture, as well as my home renovations, are custom designed to reflect a customers’ specific needs and desires. I am a great believer that details are very important to the integrity of a project. My primary areas of focus are period reproductions, arts & crafts, custom furniture, and specialty architectural millwork.