Carving Braille into a simple wood coaster introduced a lot more design and usability complexity than I initially expected; this post shares a few of the design considerations, and the implications of those issues on machining time.
If you’re considering some built-in furniture, these before and after transformation photos of projects I’ve worked in the last year might help you flesh out some of your ideas: natural wood, or painted? floor-to-ceiling, or just partway up the wall?
Struggling to find a unique Valentine’s gift for someone who has everything? Check out these very special lamps, with super cool light bulbs that send a romantic message, in a walnut base sanded to a satin sheen.
These gift ideas combine beautiful home decor, clean simple lines, and some (well-hidden) elements of engineering or technology. Check out my top list for this year’s shopping season: a clock in words; a levitating planter; and a shelf that floats off the wall.
Much of what I sell requires “wall power” both to validate for the customer that it works, and to attract folks to the booth in the first place. Yet selling at booths, on the street or in a festival, I am rarely provided with power, and generators are almost never allowed. This article describes the battery / inverter / solar solution I’ve put together to close this gap.
Though exposed filament “Edison” bulbs look vintage, they are all very much new and easily replaced. This article provides my primary supplier of the bulbs - though there are others for some of the more obscure shapes - to help allay any concerns in investing in one of my hardwood lamps.
All too often, we celebrate the successes but sweep those projects that didn’t make it to completion. I want to celebrate the complete design process, including those that failed (or evolved). Here I share the inspiration behind three product attempts - one that actually made it to fruition, and two that failed even before getting to market, whether via a “build” problem or a design problem.
A few requests custom lamps - variations on my walnut Edison blocks - turns into a product line with over 40 different offerings. This article shows the steps along the way to create the multi-layer Edison lamp, starting from the wood selection all the way to the finished product.