Tor Faegre

Faegre, Tor
Tor Faegre was a skilled craftsman, a gifted artist, a curious traveler (with his wife Sue), and a committed activist. He died of leukemia, at home, on October 14, 2009. He was born April 12, 1941. An Evanston resident for more than 30 years, Tor is widely known for his distinctive hand-made rustic furniture, especially twig furniture built using materials gathered from abandoned lots, local riverbanks, and other forgotten places. "The trees and I collaborate to produce a piece of furniture," he would explain. Tor was 16 when he built his first table, using spruce poles cut from the woods near his New Hampshire home, and he has never stopped. Furniture making was the visible expression of wide-ranging interests, academic and otherwise. He studied anthropology at Northwestern, with an emphasis on "material culture." He worked as a union carpenter and independently contracted to build additions and create indoor sculptural pieces of function and beauty. Later, he primarily focused on furniture-making and other arts. Tor's intense interest in furniture led him to India to study Mudha chairs and stools, and to Mexico to learn about equipale, a common latticework peasant chair. Tor wrote and illustrated a book, "Tents, the Architecture of the Nomad", published in 1979 which continues to be considered to be one of the leading sources of information about nomadic tents and their construction. Tor's life-long commitment to equality and social justice led to his active involvement in numerous peace and political initiatives over the years. Most important, Tor had an unswerving and loving commitment to his wife Sue, his family, friends, and the numerous communities of which he was a treasured member. It was a treat to simply share a cup of coffee and conversation with him. A generous, gentle, thoughtful man, Tor will be greatly missed. Tor is survived by his wife, Sue; his stepchildren, Stephanie (Greg), Marc, Cecily (Paul), Christopher; his mother, Meg Barden Cline; his stepmother, Dorothy Faegre; his stepfather, Jerry Cline; his brothers, Dirk, and Aron Faegre, Thad and Josh Cline; his sisters, Margot Faegre and Sarah Cline, a grandson Isaiah Sommers; his nephew, Peter Clinel; wife Patricia and children, Bella, Raven and Axel. There will be a Memorial at Evanston Friends Meeting House, 1010 Greenleaf on November 7 at 3:00 p.m.  In honor of Tor, contributions can be made to: St. Francis Catholic Worker, 4652 No. Kenmore, Chicago 60647, Voices for Creative Non Violence, Chicago, SOA Watch (  Please give blood when you can.
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Published by Evanston Review from Oct. 22 to Oct. 29, 2009.
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To the family of Tor -- I'm not sure how my husband Yoram came across this notice on the internet, but it was a very sad surprise to us both. Tor was my great friend and comrade for an all too brief period in the 1960s when I lived in Chicago. We probably ate dinner together five nights out of every seven for a year or two, discussed the day's and the world's events. A finer, gentler soul there never was. He left too soon.
Felice Merritt Gelman
March 7, 2010
Dear Sue: I was just looking at the wonderful things Tor built. I've been thinking about you all day and wish I'd had a chance to meet such a remarkably kind and gentle soul. Their goodness will always bring joy to our souls. Meg and Carla Belniak
November 2, 2009
Dearest Sue and Family of Tor -
It is with great sadness that we learn of Tor's passing. We will always remember his gentleness and the feeling of being his friends regardless of time passed. We remember the shared stories and times spent at the art fairs, Furniture Society and CFDA and his always willing hand to help. We've known him since the beginning of our own art work history and are sad to know we will no longer be conforted by his sweet smile and friendly conversation. We treasure the birds we "traded" with him.
With deepest sympathy,
Rosemarie Hohol & Roger Hauge
Weaverwood Studio
October 29, 2009
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