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Etsy Find: jeffbuildsfurniture

23 Oct

-profile of Etsy artist/outline questions in Q & A form/encourage support of independent artisans, local/community people

-How did you become _____?

-How would you describe your work?

-What are your major influences?

-Which is more important (do you enjoy more?) in/to the work–the process or the product?

-What are some of your signature pieces?

-What inspires you?

-Do you have anyone/anything in particular in mind when you design your pieces?

-What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in your years as an artist?



-Etsy store:

excerpt from Etsy listing:


This lovely farm table is made entirely from lumber salvaged from a barn built in 1884.

Beautiful red painted siding was saved and faced outward on the skirt. The legs were aged to match the apron using a combination of textured undercoat of brown and gray, with a flat barn red crackled over the textured surface, then finished with a dark brown glaze. Top is made from four barn boards reversed and cleaned to their original patina. Four sandings ensued with a final coating of five coats of hand applied Watco Oil. The result is a durable finish with a smooth, velvety feel.

Top fixed to the base using finest quality wood screws covered over with oak pegs, left natural.

Base is assembled using traditional mortise and tenon joints.

Dimensions are 84″ x 45″ – other sizes available, other base colors available…

Made in Minnesota


“Stokke” of Genuis!

8 Aug

Seen most recently on the cover of House Beautiful, the Stokke “Tripp Trapp” chair is a multi-purpose “high chair” that can be used in different ways as a child grows.  The Tripp Trapp chair is also a triumph of design–combining Scandinavian design principles and practicality and elevating the traditionally functional children’s chair by making it into a beautiful piece of furniture to boot.  When was the last time a high chair was featured on the cover of a shelter publication?

As most high chairs are bulky and unattractive, they seem to be concessions parents make to the design gods in return for practicality.  However, the Stokke chair is no concession–it’s a statement maker all its’ own, as demonstrated by its’ “notice me” fire-engine red coloring and prominent placement in the room on the cover.  This is one high chair you won’t see shoved in the corner and covered in a sticky film amidst a pile of discarded Cheerios!


Spotlight On: Kitchen Chairs!

7 Jul