Tom Dolese was born on the Navaho Reservation in the small town of Ganado, Arizona. In college, Tom studied Mathematics, Environmental Geology and Geophysics.
Tom's Geophysics work led to doing research in Yellowstone Park and it was there, on his days off, that he built a small scribe-fit log. As he was working on the cabin, especially the interior of the cabin, he realized that he was more interested in creating furniture than the study of Geophysics. In 1986, Tom started designing and building furniture and in a few years became a full-time furniture maker.
Currently, Tom builds gallery and commission pieces in Bellingham, WA. He teaches woodworking as well. Jennifer, who does leaded glass and Marquetry work, and Tom occasionally collaborate on lighting and furniture pieces. Tom is a member of Artwood, a woodworking cooperative gallery in Bellingham. He is partners with Steve Hall in a Woodworking shop in Bellingham and with Kent Perelman and Nick Boynton in a Missoula Woodworking shop. Jennifer and Tom have a daughter, Sarah, a dog, Raven, and a cat, Leo. Jennifer and Tom's work can be viewed at www.terrafirmadesignnw.com