Rockin’ It

Harold Greene

“My guiding principal as a furniture maker has always been to make objects that are both useful and beautiful,” shares woodworker Harold Greene of San Pedro.

When he began his business more than 40 years ago, he was inspired by the work of Charles and Ray Eames, George Nakashima, Sam Maloof, Gerald McCabe and James Krenov.

“The works are different from each other’s in design and method, but what they have in common is an unmistakable honest simplicity.”

Harold’s rocker (shown here) is made of zebrawood cut into narrow “staves” and glued together to form a barrel-like curve that is comfortable against the sitter’s back. The runners are walnut cut into thin strips and laminated to form the curve. The seat is a solid piece of zebra fitted into the walnut sides with a sliding dovetail.

Harold’s work will be on display at Contemporary Crafts Market in Pasadena, June 5–7.

About the Artist:

Harold began making furniture in 1974. He recently designed the seating for the Ralph J. Scott fireboat museum plaza in San Pedro as part of the LA Waterfront project. He’s also a musician and has been making musical instruments, primarily electric basses, for many years. For more of Harold’s fine work, visit