Growing up in the Huntoon family, I was surrounded by beautiful heirlooms created by three generations of Huntoon men before me. Every trip to my grandparents home in northern Michigan meant a chance to visit pieces of furniture carefully crafted by my great-great grandfather, great grandfather, and grandfather. Each piece, unique in it’s design and embellishments, told a story. The centerpiece of my grandparents’ home was my great-grandfather’s tool chest. built entirely of walnut and birdseye maple, with floral inlays, coved top, and eight thin drawers locked in place with a hidden mechanism. I could not begin to wrap my head around the fact that someone had built these pieces with their own hands, let alone a member of my own family. Each time we visited, I left hoping that I might someday be lucky enough to inherit one of them. The profound impact this furniture had on me I wouldn't realize until many years later.
I inherited a craft, and every day I feel lucky to be able to share it with the world.
-Kyle Huntoon, Founder/ Designer Craftsman, Hunt & Noyer.
ELLEN'S DESIGN CHALLENGE Season 2 on HGTV, 2016
education & exhibition
- Furniture Intensive, 2012-2013 Center for Furniture Craftsmanship Rockport, Maine
- B.S.E. Civil Engineering, 2007 University of Michigan
- American Craft Expo., Aug 2014 Chicago, Illinois [Emerging Artist]
- Smithsonian Craft Show, Mar 2015 Washington, D.C.
- American Craft Expo., Sept. 2016 Glencoe, Illinois
- Krasl Art on the Bluff, June 2017 St. Joseph, Michigan