I have had a life-long passion for building things. Yankee ingenuity, and a family history of antiques were fostered in my father’s basement shop, and then in high school wood class. I learned to appreciate and apply the finer skills of furniture making through a weekend apprenticeship with Jeff Miller (J. Miller Handcrafted Furniture) in Chicago, IL.
This eight year experience gave me an understanding of both hand and power tools, but more importantly, nuance of design, and the attention to detail and finish needed with hand-made custom furniture. In a world of mass-produced knock-offs and particle board junk, I have made it a personal mission to help my generation and those that follow, gain a deeper appreciation of great furniture. Beyond woking on commissioned pieces, I eventually hope to build every piece of furniture in my home.
I also do freelance work for The Gorilla Glue Company and use many of their products in my furniture. I’ve worked for them since 2009 at the Woodworking in America Conference, doing social media, product demos, testing and consulting for this Cincinnati-based company.
This website, and the blog content I produce also serves as a testing ground for my professional life. I work as the Director of digital strategy and services at Curiosity Advertising, an independent marketing and advertising firm in Cincinnati. Much of what I learn regarding social media, content, web analytics and digital marketing on this site is applied to the clients I serve.
If you are interested in having a one-of-a-kind commission piece, a small craft or gift, or are a company looking for content creation for your brand or product, I can be contacted at:
Social Media: through any of the links provided at the top of this page
Mail: Brownell Furniture, 10440 Briarcove Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45242