A long time native of Charleston, Pete Rock was raised on the Isle of Palms and currently lives in Mt. Pleasant. He spent his early years working in the construction industry; eventually specializing in custom cabinetry and furniture. Studying both contemporary and traditional furniture design elements, He keeps his designs simple with clean lines, relying on balance and proportion.
The first Sweet Grass table was inspired by his wife Sarah. She commissioned a local artist, Adeline Mazack, to craft a round, flat Sweet grass basket to serve as the center piece for the table. Using sapele mahogany, which is a large tree native to tropical Africa, seemed not only appropriate with the sweet grass but is a more environmentally sustainable wood than traditional over forested hard woods.
Dr. Herman Blake PhD, Executive Director of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, is currently using images of my tables in his presentations as an example of collaboration and entrepreneurship.