Today, the furniture-making community lost an icon. Gary Knox Barrett passed away at the age of 87. Bennett was known for his creativity, sense of humor, and generous work as a collaborator and mentor. His many accolades include a fellowship with the American Craft Council and an Award of Distinction from The Furniture Society. Bennett was a skilled craftsman and often designed series of pieces around a specific theme. His home was somewhat of a whimsical museum, filled with his own unique pieces, as well as those of many famous contemporary furniture masters.
- Furniture artist Garry Knox Bennett began his career in the 1960s selling roach clips in Haight-Ashbury.
- Garry’s Nail Cabinet was intended to criticize furniture makers who were overly concerned with fancy wood and intricate joinery.
- His irreverence was expressed with his “Woodworker’s Eraser,” which was a large match.
“His story is told wonderfully by Marc Adams in his book, The Difference Makers published by Lost Art Press.”