Growing up I had to take everything apart. An endless need to dissect and inspect led to a complete obsession with the inner-workings of everything, on any scale. If I knew about it, I needed to know how it worked.
From the beginning, it made sense to bring that obsession into creative spaces. I've always built things. I've always had the need to create. Despite this, there was a while where I didn't think I could create for other people.
I attended university, took an apprentice carpenter's position, and attended university again. All before the realization that my obsession was a passion that I could build a business with.
Biglow Woodcraft is simply a logical step. I love solving problems through design, and everybody has problems.
There's no shortage of problems, and i'd like to solve them through design.
The products and furniture on display are solutions. Some may be simple refinements on tried and true methods, where-as others are completely new ideas. I'd like to think I design with purpose, and with a style rooted in simplicity and nuance, can bring those purposeful designs to life in an enduring, beautiful way.
The woodworking itself draws inspiration from Japanese techniques and theories I continue to study. The master craftsmen drawing knowledge from 1000's of years of beautiful, enduring furniture are the best people to learn from. The joinery, finishing, material selection and tool usage is all devised to work in harmony with the natural material. Rather than forcing the wood to conform to a desired result, the processes are designed to merely facilitate a new form for the material. Something you might agree, is difficult to put into words. In spite of this, I am actively pursuing the mastering of these processes.
I feel as though the world has designed itself into a corner with budget materials, globalized markets and a social shift toward disposable-design. It seems the effects of this are just beginning to surface. I’m very passionate about doing my part in solving this problem and I’ve written more about this in my Op-Ed.
Thanks for your interest thus far, it means a lot!