I finally got some new items up on my Etsy Shop!
During my 11 years as a kindergarten and first grade teacher, I always taught basic sign language throughout the year to add a kinesthetic element to everything that was taught. It helped my kids stay focused and engaged and also taught them another form of communication.
I made these for my daughter and have gotten so many questions as to where I got them that I decided to start selling them.
A custom display/cash wrap I made for The Podolls Retail Store in Burlingame, CA. Ash with walnut accents and acrylic sliding doors with walnut handles.
Go to their store if you live in the area. The Podolls make and carry beautiful, handmade pieces.
Another magazine caddy I made for my friend Rachael’s birthday. These will be available very soon… just in time for the holidays!
I made this gem during my latest trip to L.A. A friend of my wife’s asked me to make a gem award similar to the CH+D awards I had made back in February for an upcoming design award ceremony being held in L.A. She said the original makers of the award flaked and they were scrambling to find someone to make one. I jumped on it and challenged myself to see if I can get it done before heading back to San Francisco.
I was staying with friends in Silverlake and also happen to have a friend who has a small wood shop about a ten minute walk away. My close friend, and business partner, also has some basic tools in his garage out in Santa Clarita. We had a meeting scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, so that morning I decided to skate over to a hardware store which also makes cabinets and ask them for scraps. Luckily they had some perfect pieces of old pine, douglas fir and redwood for the gem. I filled my backpack with the wood and headed to Union Station to take the train out to Santa Clarita.
I cut the pieces, sanded, glued and clamped them, had our meeting and jumped back on the train to head back out to Silverlake.
The next day I walked over to my friend Elliott’s little wood shop and finished the project.
It turned out that the original people who were hired to make the award got strong-armed into doing it after all… so now I have this beautiful gem for sale.
I was hired by Jen Jones of Niche Interiors to make a rustic table for her parent’s cabin. Not only was it for the cabin, but it was to be a top-secret surprise present for her father. She mentioned her father is an engineer and admires fine craftsmanship. The pressure was on! That little tidbit of information pushed me to do my best work and I’m grateful for it.
About three days into building the table, Jen asked if I can make an accompanying bench to be an early birthday present for her mother. I jumped at the chance because Jen just kept telling me how happy and surprised they both would be. And anyone who knows me, knows that I like nothing more than making people happy.
Jen came by early on a Saturday morning, picked up the pieces and was off to her parent’s cabin for a weekend celebration of her father’s birthday. She texted me later with pictures and told me that her parents were thrilled. I couldn’t be happier.
Just finished this prototype of the new dovetail designed magazine caddy. It’s made of the same 100s year old redwood that I make my picnic cutting boards out of. For sale soon!
Apparatus Studio commissioned me to make these gems to be used as desk bases in their new studio. They are made from reclaimed barn siding which I think is beech. Gabriel at Apparatus wanted them to be gray and I struck gold with these planks I got over at Black’s Farmwood. I left them raw and unfinished to preserve that beautiful gray. I cannot wait to see them all set up! Pictures coming soon.