Anyone who builds furniture and consumes media has probably heard of two new television shows—Spike TV’s Framework and HGTV’s Ellen’s Design Challenge. These are television shows that have or will hit cable this season catering to a very specific niche audience. At face value for any serious furniture maker, reality furniture design challenges—with unrealistic timeframes to create and build original work—seem to be an anathema to serious craftsmanship and art. Not to mention the hosts wouldn’t be my first choice for bringing credibility and authenticity to the concept. I much prefer Common in his late and passing role as Mr. … Read More »
I’m officially a fan of Pinterest. In 2014 it helped me successfully grow client business (woodworking and advertising) and aided me in securing a contract to publish my first article in Popular Woodworking Magazine in 2015. I’ve been integrating Pinterest into my toolkit far more than I have in the past to aid in visual discovery, design inspiration and collaboration. On the whole, Pinterest boasts about a 2/3 female, 1/3 male split within it’s user base, more than doubling the number of males over the last year. As a contributor to the growing minority, my recent fandom has been driven by two factors:
1. My Job: I … Read More »
I’ve gone out of my way to really try to push myself in design and technical execution over the last few years. Doing so has taught me that having curiosity to try new things and a willingness to fail are two critical elements for moving forward my passion for woodworking. This is as true for visual design as it is for learning new woodworking skills. Like anyone with a hobby like this, I only have a limited amount of free time to spend on woodworking’s many facets (design, tools, technique, writing, and everyone’s favorite $$) so the choices I make on how and … Read More »
With the holidays right around the corner, now is the perfect time to start thinking about what to give as gifts. For anybody you know who is a fan of beer, here’s a set of 4 DIY videos, including links to the original blog posts, that should help inspire you to make something by hand, rather than going out and buying one. The projects with links to the original blog posts include an easy to make bottle opener, a growler crate, rosewood handled knife and a serving tray designed to be held by a beer bottle. These videos were filmed … Read More »
After completing my booth set-up yesterday and dropping off a few more beer growler crates this morning, I find myself positioned among some pretty amazing local talent. DesignBuild Cincy is a specially curated group of local artists, architects, designers, cabinet makers, craftsmen and of course, furniture makers.
This is definitely a step way above a traditional home show or crafts fair for Cincinnati. Doug Hart has worked tirelessly over the last several months to pull from the best of what the area has to offer. He worked hard to convince me over the preceding months of this event to consider showing … Read More »
Updated: Monday, October 27 2014, 10:16 AM EDT CINCINNATI (WKRC) — Winter will be here before we know it and it’s the time of year when people think about fixing up their living spaces. This weekend you can get ideas at a more personal design showcase at Music Hall. Doug Hart and Andy Brownell have a preview of Design Build Cincy.
In advance of the November 1-2 DesignBuild Cincy show, I’ve compiled a slideshow of some of the custom pieces of furniture I’ve built over the years. Enjoy.
A short video the gives a bit of history of how I got to where I am today, and what building furniture means to me. I also offer some insights into the process behind custom furniture design and fabrication at Brownell Furniture.
In just a few days, I’ll be one of over 70 local makers and crafters attending the second annual Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire. One of the sponsors of this event, The Gorilla Glue Company, will have a large booth with demos, give-aways and products that are designed to help us all be better makers, fixers, etc.
I’ll be conducting demonstrations on how to make four projects, all with a decidedly beer-pub theme:
Beer Growler Crates
Beer Bottle Openers
Beer Connoisseur’s Serving Tray
Rosewood Handled Knife
Each will feature the use of one or several Gorilla Glue adhesives, and I’ll be giving away a few to some … Read More »
This post is a part of a series of projects I’ve been contracted to develop for The Gorilla Glue Company that will be featured at the Cincinnati Mini-Maker’s Faire, September 13-14, 2014. Click here for more information on the event.
Anyone who walks around a party with food and drink in your hand can understand how awkward it is to free up a hand to greet someone. This project is designed to help solve that problem—at least for those who are drinking beer from a bottle. Part painter’s palette, part serving tray, this wood serving tray offers a functional and elegant solution to giving your beer … Read More »