Stewart Wurtz was born and raised in Maine. He worked for Thomas Moser Cabinetmakers before he started architecture school at the Boston Architectural Center. After a year or so in architecture school, he enrolled at Boston University in the Program in Artisanry headed furniture maker Jere Osgood. Wurtz earned his B.F.A. in Furniture Design in 1984. Two years later Wurtz moved to Seattle, Washington and opened a studio to design and build custom furniture.
Wurtz received widespread recognition for his furniture. He has exhibited at Pritam & Eames in East Hampton, NY, and in Maine, Pennsylvania, California, and Washington. Wurtz is an active member of Northwest Woodworkers Gallery (formerly Northwest Fine Woodworking).
- Scott Landis, "Design in Context: Woodworkers of the Northwest," in Fine Woodworking Design Book Five Taunton Press, Newtown CT, 1990.
- Jeffrey Karl Ochsner, Furniture Studio: Materials, Craft, and Architecture University of Washington Press, Seattle and London, 2012. pp. 59–64, 110-122.
- Stewart Wurtz at Northwest Woodworkers Gallery
- Stewart Wurtz website
- Pritam& Eames Archives with some Stewart Wurtz projects
- Pritam& Eames Archives with many more Stewart Wurtz projects
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