Ponder the lowly pallet. Assembled of pine, it performs its intended role in the shipping trade admirably. But after a few trips across the country, it is often discarded and ends up being burned or chucked in a landfill. But the people at Windfall Lumber have discovered a better end for old pallets. They make… Read More Redemption
Every once in a while I meet an American craftsman whose story I just feel compelled to tell. David Stine is one of those craftsman. A couple of years ago I was honored to be invited to appear on a panel about American made furniture at the Dwell on Design conference in Los Angeles. After the… Read More A quintessential American craftsman
Often, the delight is in the details. Sietto doesn’t make the cabinets for your kitchen, but it supplies the pulls that makes your cabinets shine. And what pulls they are! Sietto makes a staggering variety of glass pulls in the heartland of our country, Chicago, Illinois. How Sietto came to manufacture its pulls in the… Read More Sietto pulls at you
I didn’t go to college, so going into my twenties my employment options were thin and I ended up in retail. I ended up working crazy inconsistent hours and working for people who didn’t care about me. After suffering through one particularly horrible store manager, I vowed to myself that I would never be unhappy… Read More From adversity, a bond is forged
It all started from such humble origins. They just wanted some nice house numbers for the house that they had just remodeled. They couldn’t find any. So after some trial and error, they made some custom aluminum house numbers. For good measure, they decided to create a set of matching vinyl mailbox numbers and a… Read More An American success story, by the numbers
When I was down at Dwell on Design in late May, I had the good fortune to run into Dan Nelson, President of Valhallen Hand-Painted Wall Coverings. Dan and his crew make some of the most amazing wall paper you have ever seen in Lincoln, Nebraska. I hope you will check out this video that… Read More I just wanted to cover this topic
Ray Hawkins was waiting on a welding job to open up when he heard about a company called Big Ass Fans. The Lexington, Ky. based manufacturer needed someone to help drill and package airfoils for its massive industrial ceiling fans. Hawkins wasn’t eager for more assembly line work, but it was a way to earn… Read More Now that is a Big Ass Fan!