The Sawyer Building

This project was a really neat one for us!  We got to work with some really talented people on a fantastic concept, and the end result turned out pretty great as well. 

photo from: MTRL

photo from: MTRL

J Development approached us in early 2015 about creating a wall covering for the entryway at a new apartment building in Council Bluffs.  The area was full of history and they wanted something that fit both the area and the identity of the building.  We used rough sawn burr oak slats, skip planed to reveal the character of the wood, and still maintain the circle sawn mill marks from the century old saw mill on which they were cut.  

In order to truly integrate the signage we suggested that they let us have the logo etched across dozens of the boards that would make up this feature wall and use the natural blackened color of the laser etching in contrast with a white washed field to display the logo. 

Thank you to Nicholas Petersen of Less Is  for creating this incredible brand for a building, and Nick Mauer and Josh Powell at MTRL for all the hard work dismantling and reconstructing this design inside your laser!

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Walnut Parsons Table

When Ben's older brother and sister in-law decided to upgrade their table, ordering from Timbersmith seemed like the obvious choice. But there was not a fitting piece in the flagship line for them.  So we designed this perfectly minimal parson's style dining table, and built it from locally milled and air dried Black Walnut.   

Wehner Table and Bench

When the Wehner's were building a new home for their family they decided it was time for a larger dining table that suited the new space.  This table and bench built from Douglas Fir and Black Pipe was just the ticket. 

Cabinets, Built-ins, and Bookcases

The last several months have been busy with a lot of custom work.  We've been keeping busy building a reception area and cabinets for a local design shop, custom cabinets and butcher block counters for 2 kitchens in midtown homes built in the early half of the 20th century, a built-in library in a 1940's bungalow, and a custom bedroom for a local couples minnesota summer home.  

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Each of these projects has included a significant amount of custom cabinetry, and we don't always get to work on a lot of cabinet jobs at TimberSmith.  I personally love the challenges that every custom cabinet job brings because there are always so many opportunities to customize to a person's specific needs and solve problems that only can be solved with total custom solutions.  Wether we are adding unique trim that ties new cabinets into the rest of a 10 year old home, or adding backlighting and glass shelves to highlight a collection of crystal. Custom Cabinets always provide the unique opportunity to make a space work perfectly for a person.  

Culprit Cafe and Bakery

After a few conversations with a baker friend of mine, Luke, the owner of Culprit Cafe and Bakery, I have a new appreciation for the art or rather the craft of Baking.  Luke takes each new pastry as seriously as I take any piece of furniture, trying something new and discarding it for its imperfections, learning from mistakes and perfecting.  As we talked he expressed some discontentment with one of his primary tools, his pin.  It is a French style rolling pin however the tapers were inconsistent and the pin as a whole could use some improvements. So over a few drinks at Bench we discussed what a better Pin would be. 

We've decided to offer this 24" (or custom width) hardwood pin with only a slight taper on the ends for handling.  Each pin is hand turned from domestic hardwoods and treated with all natural, food safe finishes.  These Pins will be available at Culprit in custom widths or with our matching hardwood cutting boards in our store

Jorgen Arm Chairs

I've had the same office chair for as long as I have been making and subsequently sitting at desks.  It is 60+ years old and I have not found another chair that rolls as well while simultaneously letting me recline parallel with the floor.  But it seemed like it was about time to get a chair that worked both as a comfortable desk chair when sitting for long hours and could be pulled up close to a coffee table  whenever friends stopped by. I wanted this chair to fit comfortably at the dinner table, a desk, or in a living room.  

Once I started sketching this chair I quickly fell in love with all of the lines and knew that I'd be prototyping in no time. Handmade chairs can get very costly because of the time they take in order to make right.  I was challenged to try to make this beautiful high quality chair in a way that I could very easily repeat.  I used cross lap joint construction to build the profiles of these chairs because this process is very repeatable and allows me to make parts for several chairs very efficiently. The back has a fairly deep curve and is a bit reclined to comfortably support your back for long hours.  I chose to sculpt the seat a bit more than most Hardwood chairs because it allows weight and pressure to be more evenly distributed creating a more comfortable seat without having to add a cushion or upholstery, though i may get creative this winter and add a partially upholstered version as an option.  

In the end this arm chair that bares the name of my great grandpa, as well as inspiration from his danish heritage, is one of my favorite pieces so far.  It does the job I built it to do, very well, and it looks good doing it.  These chairs will always be made by hand from solid locally sourced hardwoods.  Available here