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Do It Yourself / Furniture Design / Green Materials

Welcome To Bench Omaha

When Jessica and I first heard about Bench, we thought it was a fantastic idea–a co-working space, not for the typical tech-types, but for woodworkers. It’s a great way to foster learning using hands-on experience, and a great community-building space as well. Bench launched on September 29, and we met with co-founder Ben Petersen to Read the Rest…

Don’t Call The Plumber

Recently I’ve been cleaning and organizing our storage areas–garage, basement, shed. A main goal is to gain a place for everything and catalog what we still need or is broken. Our tools are all over the house and as I started getting them wrangled up, I thought about how much a person needs. I started Read the Rest…

Mixing Materials

I’ve been lending some friends and clients a hand with some simple art and design projects lately. A few of these projects have included mixing materials – wood with metal, installing art on brick or stone. These are challenging combinations that can require access to materials or tools that most people probably don’t have. But Read the Rest…

How To Talk to A Designer

When I started making things for people as my job, I quickly learned there were several ways to approach the commission process. This goes for both the maker and the consumer. Commissions are important to me because of the financial stability they afford me and because they allow me to approach the design process with Read the Rest…

Special Sources

I talk with a lot of hobbyist craftsmen and woodworkers. At the end of these wood chats, there are two things that are apparent. The first thing is that most hobbyists read a lot more Fine Woodworking magazines and books put out by Taunton Press than I do. The other thing is that they tend Read the Rest…

Dunk Your Brush in Milk Paint

Using recycled and reclaimed materials can be an easy way to make fun projects eco-friendly and cost-effective. There are plenty of ways to find quality building materials and hardware that come with interesting stories and accessible price tags. Unfortunately, there are fewer options for paint and other accessories that don’t put a big dent in Read the Rest…