Our pieces begin with an idea, a pencil, and a sketchbook. This is the most important part of the process. We think through where joints meet, what the joints look like, and how they’ll be connected. We consider the best wood material to use for a particular piece. Making a simple box may look like a simple box when it is completed (which is what we want), but our goal is to create a box that is so so strong it lasts generations.
This is the longest process and the most behind-the-scenes part. A single prototype can take up to a year and sometimes longer. We try not to work on a prototype every day, but between projects and regular orders. This has been an important lesson for us. Learning to "sit" on a piece physically and mentally. We prefer not to rush the process for the sake of finishing an idea. We constantly look for inspiration and continually adjust elements of design. We begin the prototyping process with less expensive materials so we can make mistakes, adjusting until we’ve come up with a design we like.
Our first question, after we determine what piece we are going to create, is what the function of that piece will be. If we’re going to consider making a table, for instance, we want to understand how the table will fit into a person's life.
CONSTRUCTION & FINISHING
Construction begins using traditional joinery. Once a rough form is constructed, pieces are shaped by hand to their final form. At last, all of our pieces go through an extensive finishing process which includes several stages of machine and hand sanding, finished with multiple coats of hand rubbed oil.
Templating & materials
Once we believe the design is final, we make a template to reference every time we make a particular piece. After the template is made we hand select quality hardwood focusing on grain pattern-- how those materials and patterns join visually and structurally.