Mandala: A geometric pattern formed by repeated imagery. Originally
the image was a form of deity and used for meditation.
Gordon R. Merrick was fortunate to have been introduced to wood
working and Margaret Seeler almost simultaneously. Margaret Seeler
was recognized as the living master in gold cloisonné and
took Gordon under her wing from early in his career. Margaret, being
of the Taoist philosophy helped shape Gordon's thoughts on design
and form which led to his ability to stray from preconceived concepts
in wood design. Gordon is entirely self taught and feels the better
craftsman for this. By being self taught you learn not only how
something is done but also why it is done that way.
Gordon began doing Early American pine furniture in the woods of
Maine in 1976. Through not being afraid to accept commissions that
he had no idea how to fabricate he developed the knowledge and skills
that later became his best attribute. After years of chasing the
right market he was commissioned to design the woodworking for the
interior of Mariah Carey and Tommy Mattolas residence. From there
he moved into doing media based environments for both the music
industry and also personal home theaters. In the recent years he
has been drifting back to his early desire to create lasting works
Gordon has been published several times regarding his veneering
techniques and has had numerous pieces published indifferent trade
and architectural magazines.
Special thanks to Sanjay Mishra and Akar Music for the usage rights
to the song "Clouds" (to Jerry Garcia) (©1995 Sanja
Mishra) from the CD Blue Incantation, Sanjay Mishra with special
guest Jerry Garcia.