Design. Build. Live. You're In Good Hands.

Each day that I arrive at the woodshop,

 

after biking through the noise and

 

morning industrial traffic of Bushwick,

 

Brooklyn, I think about two things:

 

wood in all its beautiful incarnations:

 

tree, lumber, board, scrap, and the

 

dust left when one becomes the

 

other; and people I know and don’t,

 

moving through the space where they

 

live: where they keep their books or

 

shoes, where they sit to read or lace

 

up. How they might bring tea or

 

cocktails across the room to friends,

 

or reach sleepily for a toothbrush. How

 

their space makes them feel.

For all of my first 25 years I was around and then

 

involved in the transformative process of remodeling

 

almost every inch of our family home in Ann Arbor, MI,

 

of rethinking all indoor space. Eventually I was

 

compelled by outdoor spaces, landshaping with new

 

materials like bluestone, water flows, and extensive

 

wood decks. And in the midst of such physical, tactile

 

work grew a fascination with photography, the quiet

 

technology of capturing an image.

 

 

In 2007 this study and experience came with me to

 

Brooklyn and is now distilled in the work I do.

 

Design: A thoughtful, practiced eye and concern with

 

unique pieces appropriate to those who will use and

 

enjoy them. Build: A skilled, meticulous shop ethic

 

and appreciation of the beauty of natural materials.

 

Live: Functional, helpful pieces that will integrate

 

in a powerful way into the lives of those for whom I

 

work.

 

 

Thanks for stopping by, 

 

Aaron

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