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Rufus Bates

Rufus Bates is a furniture builder based in NYC and Aurora, NY. Rufus began his career as a stone mason, learning the art of dry stack stonework from an uncle in Vermont.  Inspired by a semester studying visual culture in Paris, and encouraged by one of his professors at Pratt Institute, Rufus began studying woodworking in 2001.  He spent several years apprenticing with renowned builders Kalle Fauset and Thomas Hucker, which introduced him to the high-end furniture market in New York City.  In 2004, he started Rufus Bates, LLC, through which he builds custom furniture and millwork for architects, designers, and individual clients around the country.


black walnut table voos

Black Walnut Table

Whether you’re serving hot dogs or coq-au-vin, this picnic-style table from Voos is a perfect blend of warm Black Walnut and cold stainless steel. This beauty may not be for parks, but it’s definitely for recreation.