Eric Hopkins

With the eyes of an artist, the words of a poet, and the mind of a scientist, Eric Hopkins has engaged countless people through his art and with his thoughts about life on this Big Blue Planet. Whether taking to the sky to contemplate the interconnectedness of Maine’s island network, roaming the woods, fields and shorelines around his home on North Haven or just taking a moment to sit back and see if his vision is working, Eric is always looking for fresh perspectives and perfect clarity.

Coal Shovel Stool

The Coal Shovel Stool traces its origin to an unlikely partnership between craftspeople from opposite sides of the globe – Maine and New Zealand. The fundamental design of the Coal Shovel Stool borrows on the New Zealand craftsman’s appreciation for purpose. The seat, carved from a single block of cherry or walnut, mimics a tractor seat or milking stool. Its graceful shape follows natural human contours while highlighting the beauty of its dense grain.

25H x 19W x 18D
27H x 19W x 18D
31H x 20W x 20D

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“My head in the sky, feet on the ground. That whole sense of being high. Everything is connected. Life is connected through arcs and circles and spirals. That has had a profound effect on me.”

Eric with his Eight Leg Writing Desk in his gallery at 120 Tillson Avenue in Rockland.

Eight Leg Writing Desk

Crafted in the spirit of traditional Shaker designs, our Eight Leg Writing Desk is effortlessly beautiful and brilliantly utilitarian. Made with your choice of sustainably harvested North American hardwood, the desk employs eight square, tapered legs that integrate with the cabinet and desktop through the use of traditional mortise-and-tenon joinery.

30H x 30W x 64L

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Eric regularly sleeps at his one room, shoreside cabin on North Haven, just a few steps away from a variety of other small spaces he uses as his oil, watercolor and wood studios.

“Flying changes the way we look at the earth and gives us a sense of migration—the lives of the birds and the fish.”

(1) Eric at work in his second story oil studio. (2) Although Eric works with other mediums like wood, rock and molten glass he’s best known for his paintings of “pointy pine-tree covered islands.” (3) Eric looking out on Southern Harbor from his North Haven oil studio.