Geoffrey Keating is a fifth-generation furniture maker. His collection of exquisitely crafted pieces are at once beautiful and useful; his work, under the company Keating Woodworks, is inspired by classic American styles and contemporary design, and take on many shapes and forms.
With expert graphic design from The Heads of State, Keating created a promotional Scout Book as a gift for new contacts at the Architectural Digest Home Show that took place in New York City this spring.
“They were a big hit,” Keating told us. “I feel like [they] helped set me apart from others who were offering more typical informational materials.”
Keating is dedicated to using quality materials, sourcing salvaged and sustainably harvested hardwoods for many of his pieces. His attention to the integrity of materials led him to Scout Books, which rely on a recipe of highest-quality papers, inks and processes to create an item that is at once durable and functional.
There is a certain poetry in Keating’s work, as it breathes of “forgotten styles” and is grown from his own personal relationship with the work of his woodworking ancestors. Keating’s grandfathers built churches and monasteries throughout the Southwestern United States, and his love for his craft grows from a respect and interest in the work of his blood.
“Made in the Midwest with My Own Bare Hands” is his slogan, but it reads more of a mantra. It’s a promise, of sorts.
Photographs courtesy Keating Woodworks. Thanks!