I’m a shop dog, loving companion, and chief of security. I am privileged to have a front row seat to one of the most amazing design studios in the industry, my mom’s. I help her with her design projects and client screenings (of course), and she asked me to write about my experiences in our shop from my point of view. I was born in Hickory, NC, so furniture is in my blood. I can be pretty insightful, and I give mom suggestions on her designs all the time. She seems to get angry when I do my QC testing though (that’s “quality control” for you novices out there), but there is just not a better way to test the quality level of a piece of furniture than to taste it for density. Solid walnut, now that’s good stuff. I usually spend my days by her side, laying on one of the many beds she has for me, though why she throws away my sawdust piles each night is baffling.