These blog posts may seem eclectic but we cannot stay in our lane. We will explore the design and making of buildings and furniture. We will explore the thoughts that arise from these actions. You will learn how we make things, why we make them, and the thought process underlying their design. These posts will be published, more or less, as they happen and when they are ready. We will celebrate the messy richness of life and our attempts to bring order and meaning to it. The tread of consistency, the order to our chaos, lies in a simple idea.
The things we make are better when craftsmanship and design are united. The complexity of our world tends to separate those who deign from those who make into specialists. There is benefit in specialization and expertise but there is also sacrifice. Design ideas separated from making ideas become less grounded in the qualities, limitations, and opportunities present in our physical world. The designer without intimate knowledge of the needs of the materials and the limitations of the tools cannot unite them with conceptual ideas. Making opportunities degrade into problems that must be solved after the design work is complete.
We strive to be craftspeople and designers simultaneously. We strive to know our physical world by making things with our hands. We enjoy the feel of a walnut dowel and brave the scream of a table saw. These experiences, often in ways that are hard to explain, enrich our design ideas.
However, “Shove me in the shallow waters before I get too deep,”as Edie Brickell advises. We just want to share the joy of doing good work as we endeavor to live good lives. We believe that in some tiny way making good things and helping others make good things helps makes a better world.