While Crab Tree Farm is a working farm with livestock and crops and a showcase for Arts and Crafts furniture and decorative arts, it is also a place where contemporary craftsmanship is valued and practiced. Half of the central barn is devoted to a fully equipped workshop for woodworkers, ceramic artists, metalworkers, and sculptors who receive short- and long-term residencies. Also in the main barn is a showroom with rotating exhibition of furniture made in the workshop, often out of materials found on the property.
Since 1997 Mike Jarvi has been Crab Tree Farm’s artist in residence. His work has been noted for the impressive balance he achieves between the debt he owes to his famous mentor, John Makepeace, and the maturation of his own expressive personality. His pieces reflect an economy of form that calls to mind Mies van der Rohe’s famous axiom, “Less is more.”