"Form follows function-that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union."
-Frank Lloyd Wright
We started in 1973 in a dirt floor garage in the Ojai Valley of California, making custom cabinetry, doors, and furniture for patient connoisseurs. My goal has always been to produce useful, hand crafted products of exceptional quality. In 1983, I studied with master furniture maker James Krenov. His focus on careful material selection, thoughtful detail and proportion, and the personal journey in each piece. His influence enhanced my craft, and refined my design sense. After ten years experience doing on site finish carpentry and shop cabinetry, I refocused the company. To accommodate the sophistication of the projects we were being asked to do we required a larger studio with the ability to produce our own millwork. We are now located in downtown Santa Paula, California, in a six thousand square foot facility. My staff includes gifted artisans who have worked with me for years. We work within a process that allows the client to become directly involved in the design and details of their project.
I feel that each project we create should show the fingerprint of the woodwright in process, not telltale signs of machining and assembly line production. We often use hand planes on our finished surfaces. In order to supplement our material supply we mill local indigenous and exotic woods that would have ended up in a landfill or a fireplace. Besides conserving resources we get unusual materials that are unavailable anywhere else. Whenever possible we choose to use recycled or sustainable yield solid woods and recycled composite panel materials. We choose only the best materials and honest construction methods. Although we have expanded our shop and the volume of our business, we are still a small company of skilled craftsmen who take great pride in making one-of-a-kind pieces of functional art. Our reputation has led to the commissioning of our work not only in Southern California, but also in homes and businesses in San Francisco, New York, Ireland, Japan, and Germany.
When he's not creating his custom woodworking, Gary follows his other passion of fly fishing in salt water. Visit garybulla.com for more information about fishing the salt water of Southern and Baja California.