Last Weekends BKLYN Designs Exhibition

What an inspiring afternoon! I went to the exhibition on Sunday May 12th and was in awe of the talent located here in Brooklyn. So many creative craftsmen (and women) my mind was teeming with so many ideas after I left.

Some people might see such skill and become discouraged. I mean after seeing these folks it was clear I still have a ways to go, but I wasn’t discouraged by this, in fact I was so inspired it was like a push to try harder, to do more, and to take risks.

I thought everyone showing their work were amazing, but a few people stood out to me, and made me think, “This is who I want to be when I grow up.”

http://www.4kny.com – they were displaying the below gorgeous credenza. I am obsessed.

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http://aellon.com – these people had a few pieces I wanted to take home with me. Like the Wright X Back Chair. Very simple, very sexy. 

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And the Leif Stool…beautiful.

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And last but not least http://markjupiter.com/ – Loved it all. Loved his workshop and showroom. Loved him, he is an incredibly handsome  and talented man. Below are a few of his pieces starting with the Redwood Media Console.

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The Industrial Walnut Table.

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The Hangar Joist Coffee Table (somebody likes the wood and pipe look just as much as me)

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The best part of the show was that everyone involved uses eco friendly, salvaged or sustainable materials to create their pieces. And everything is made here in Brooklyn. Brilliant.

 

Looking for something to do…

I am pretty excited to go check out the BKLYN Designs exhibition this weekend in DUMBO. It’s a really cool event that will feature a bunch of designers that specialize in contemporary furnishings, lighting and accessories. And the best part is everything is made here in Brooklyn!

I think everyone should check it out. Click the link for more information! http://www.bklyndesigns.com/

So I decided to take a woodworking class

Best. Move. Ever.

I signed up on a whim. Well I guess technically it was not really a whim, it had been something I had been thinking about for a long time but just hadn’t had the time or money to do it. Then one day back in mid February I got this email from 3rd Ward (https://www.3rdward.com/) advertising the new class packs. I could sign up for a 9 week course for an introduction to woodworking pack…sold! For 9 weeks we met every Monday night 7pm-9pm and it was awesome. I never wanted to leave. I could have stayed there all night working on stuff. The class introduced us to various power tools and machines, like the lathe. And we were taught some basic skills and given projects that would help us practice what we had learned.

Maybe I am a huge dork, but when Monday rolled around I would get giddy. I couldn’t wait to get into that workshop. Everyone in the class was a beginner and our teacher Buck Jackson (yes that is his real name, I could not make that up) was amazing. He is talented, hilarious and very patient. Below are some pictures of the stuff we made.

This was our first project. Make a funky box to help fine tune our band saw skill

This was our first project. Make a funky box to help fine tune our band saw skills.

This was just practice and was created using the lathe. A tool I am obsessed with!

This was just practice and was created using the lathe. A tool I am obsessed with!

This is the top we made on the lathe. It spins so it qualifies as a success!

This is the top we made on the lathe. It spins so it qualifies as a success!

One of our final projects was an end table. Everyone was given the same table to make. But I decided to go my own way with it.

One of our final projects was an end table. Everyone was given the same table to make. But I decided to go my own way with it.

As we were cutting the pieces the wheels in my head already began turning...

As we were cutting the pieces the wheels in my head already began turning…

This was the table we were all supposed to make.

This was the table we were all supposed to make.

 

But this is the table I decided to make instead :)

But this is the table I decided to make instead 🙂

There was also a mallet that we made using the lathe…but I didn’t have enough time to finish mine so I will have to post it later when it is done. I will also post a new picture of the table after I stain it. Yay!