Custom Furnishings

We design and build carefully considered furnishings. Each reflects our dedication to function, beauty and the unique character of our materials.

 

The Minna Chair

In furniture making, the a rocker is a rite of passage. To properly execute a wooden rocker one must integrate physics, ergonomics and sensitivity to the living material that is wood. In keeping with sustainable resource use, this chair is designed to last at least as long as the growth cycle of trees cut for its production (100 years +). Careful contemplation was therefore necessary to yield a design both durable in structure and aesthetic. The Minna Chair represents the synthesis of nearly a decade of experience: a thesis in wood.

In furniture making, the a rocker is a rite of passage. To properly execute a wooden rocker one must integrate physics, ergonomics and sensitivity to the living material that is wood. In keeping with sustainable resource use, this chair is designed to last at least as long as the growth cycle of trees cut for its production (100 years +). Careful contemplation was therefore necessary to yield a design both durable in structure and aesthetic. The Minna Chair represents the synthesis of nearly a decade of experience: a thesis in wood.

 
Minna Chair Finished
Rear Post and Joinery

Technology and Craft: Making in the Digital Age

 

Integration of traditional hand-craft sensibility and contemporary digital fabrication yields broad horizons. We have capabilities across a range of materials including wood, metals, glass, stone and plastics. Rapid prototyping and digital machining services available.

 

 
Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing

Custom Branding Materials

Custom Branding Materials

Signage

Signage

Cash Box for LorFarm: Hand-cut dovetailed case, laser engraved logo

Cash Box for LorFarm: Hand-cut dovetailed case, laser engraved logo

 
 
3-d printing

Solving a Resonance Problem for Otolith Labs

Otolith Labs has developed a highly effective treatment for motion sickness. During trials however it became clear that their device enclosure was having resonance issues: the units were buzzing. I was hired to re-engineer the case for quieter function. Through materials experimentation and design modifications, I developed an improved quiet enclosure with a polished, professional appearance. . As Otolith began to approach investors I was hired again to produce a run of public-ready prototypes. Being locally based and committed to excellence, I was able to provide in-person design meetings, rapid turnaround, and a lower cost than the client’s prior out-of-state 3-D print service.

Check out Otolith - https://www.otolithlabs.com

Flipping Gravity for Climate Change Action

Science journalist Eli Kintisch wanted to make a short video about climate change and he wanted gravity to go wonky. To achieve the effect he needed a movie set that could be fully inverted, with actors, lights, scenery and camera rigidly attached, and he needed it by next Wednesday. Eli had tried a number of fabricators before finding me. The few that would even quote a price were exorbitantly expensive, the rest simply laughed.
As a professional maker, solving interesting problems is what I live for; naturally I took the job. Working with Eli, I rapidly developed a design based on standard building materials. After a few long days in the shop, we had a proper mechanized movie set: our scene was anchored to an M5X10 I-beam suspended on a beefy axle through industrial pillow bearings. Hanging roughly 7 feet above floor height, the beam and all attached scenery could be inverted with the tallest components just clearing the floor. Our final safety tests concluded just in time for filming, less than one week after accepting the job.
In the video a couple debates climate change at the breakfast table. Pancakes fall up off the table, syrup pours sideways and sausage links stand on end. The film was selected as a finalist for the 2017 Global Poverty competition sponsored by VidCon, CrowdRise and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For our efforts, the contest awarded $100k to Oxfam to be used for global efforts to support people most vulnerable to effects of climate change.

See the video here - Back to Earth, Back to Reality