Wooster Magazine Fall 2015

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4In one of his rehabilitations—a five-story townhouse in Boston—Erebia made use of mahogany flooring and his own photography. 6Arena seating plays a prominent role in many of his designs.

physician turned

ARTIST & WOODWORKER FEDERICO EREBIA ’84

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FEWorks, Boston, Massachusetts www.feworks.biz

EDERICO EREBIA has a history of being informed by both sides of his brain. With his medical school goal firmly in place, the chemistry major studied necessary prerequisites at Wooster. But at the same time, he took joy in art and religion classes. “And in women’s studies,” he remembers. “At the time, I was one of only two men in the class. It was interesting to listen to my peers talking—not necessarily about the sciences, but about realworld issues.” As he pursued his M.D. at Brown University, Erebia continue to hone his artistic skills. While doing his internal medicine residency, he took evening classes at the Rhode Island School of Design. For the next 20 years, he practiced at Boston-based Fenway Health, the nation’s largest LGBT-focused health center. And his interest in art continued to grow, slowly edging out medicine, as he gradually began reducing the number of days a week he devoted to medical practice. Two years ago, he began working fulltime at his business, FEWorks, devoted to custom cabinetry, furniture, and art.

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Even though the transition had been gradual, giving up that last doctoring paycheck was memorable, he says. “It’s comforting to receive a paycheck every two weeks, even when you’re on vacation. When that just stops, it’s kind of scary.” Featured in Boston Spirit, Boston Globe, and Boston Home magazines, Erebia has needed to do little advertising, with local clients coming to him mostly through word of mouth. He misses his patients, he says. But if his sculpture, carving, cabinetry, and art require TLC, so do his clients. His goal is to simultaneously meet the needs of clients and make the best use of his own creativity. “A lot of thought goes into every project. I have ideas in my head that I work through and sketch before I touch the material.”

Federico Erebia gives artwork like this turned bowl and walnut and zebrawood box to friends and family.