Nick Barboza


Designer — Craftsman
Bangor, Maine

Designer and craftsman of NWB Woodworks, a custom woodworking business specializing in free standing, solid wood furniture. I focus my work around original design coupled with time-honored techniques resulting in unique, one-of-a-kind furniture built to last generations. Each piece built in my shop marries visually pleasing lines with superior function. I firmly believe that neither of these two items can exist alone, but must harmonize in order to successfully create a piece of fine furniture.

Inspiration for my work stems from all parts of everyday life, including many natural and manmade forms. Many of my designs begin with an inspiration for a single detail on a piece. This detail then evolves through numerous hand sketches and is combined with other design elements into a full-scale drawing and finally into a completed piece. I am well versed in all aspects of the furniture making process from design, engineering, fabrication (stock preparation, joinery, shaping and glue-ups), finishing, delivery and client follow-up.

    Alumni and Fellows Exhibition; Darwin, sofa table of cherry, ash and tempered glass was chosen to be one of 21 pieces out of 95 entries to be shown fall September 2014-January 2015, in the Messler Gallery at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, Maine.

Maine Wood 2014; Crescent Bench of cherry was accepted to one of 20 pieces from 88 entries shown from January 2014-April 2014 hosted by the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, Maine. The bench features bent lamination and a curved seating surface. From CFC website: “Maine Wood is a juried, biennial exhibition designed to showcase the breadth, creativity, and excellence of Maine’s furniture makers, turners, carvers, and sculptors. ‘This is our fourth biennial,’ says Peter Korn, Executive Director of Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, ‘and the submissions just keep getting better and better.’”

Designing Benches: Farnsworth Competition Finalists; No. 60 Bench of cherry and carbon fiber was chosen to be one of the 15 pieces shown from 73 entries solicited by the Farnsworth Museum of Art. The bench features a coopered style seat and sweeping style legs. There are carbon fiber structural supports that were entirely shop made. From CFC website: “Designing Benches showcases the top fifteen entries in a design competition co-sponsored by the Farnsworth Museum of Art, in Rockland, Maine and the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, Maine. The challenge was to design new gallery benches for the Farnsworth.”

Maine Wood 2012; DT Breakfast Table of cherry, cocobolo and glass was accepted to be one of 21 pieces shown chosen out of 113 entries from December 2011 — April 2012 hosted by the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, Maine.