It was while attending Virginia Commonwealth University from 1978 to 1980 as a student in the Painting and Printmaking Department that George Garrett began a part time job in a respected reproduction furniture shop and a lifelong love of designing and creating with wood. He soon became the shop foreman at Harrison Higgins Inc., and began building pieces that he designed or helped design including a three legged chair purchased by noted furniture art collector Francis Lewis. This new original work was done while he was continuing to do restoration work and reproduction of museum quality antiques.
In 1986, George started his own furniture studio. With one partner and little more than a bandsaw, they built the business and soon expanded Garrett/Black Furniture Studios into a large building in Richmond, Virginia’s Jackson Ward. All types of work were commissioned including custom office pieces for large corporations, retail store fixtures, reproduction furniture, and his own original designs. The studio was awarded the Baskerville prize for architectural application at the Richmond Hand Workshop show in 1987.
George decided to scale down his shop and work from home. In 2002, he moved to Hanover County, Virginia, and resumed woodworking full time. George Garrett Furniture specializes in high end cabinetry and other architectural/construction related projects along with the artist designed furniture that he enjoys most.