ADX / Portland, ORADX / Portland, OR Building a Community of Thinkers & Makers Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:15:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lunch Wagon: Taking Your Product to Market Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:53:46 +0000 Camp Cook, Jason Barwikowski, Billy Tosheff of Stargazer Farm and Kelley Roy of ADX and Portland Made, are teaming up to present The Explorers Series, where arts, crafts and culture come together over conversation, food and drink. farm_dinners1Every Friday from 12PM-2PM at ADX we’ll host a weekly Lunch Wagon series for Portland’s manufacturing workforce. Take your lunch at ADX and learn about a different aspect of our local manufacturing ecosystem. Lunch is prepared by Chef Jason Barwikowski and served family style and ingredients are sourced from Stargazer and other local purveyors. The conversation is hosted by Marjorie Skinner, Managing Editor of the Portland Mercury. 


July 25th 12PM-2PM: Taking your Product to Market with Crowd Supply: If you’re planning on manufacturing a product, you’ll want to learn about Crowd Supply, a Portland-based crowdfunding platform that handles all aspects of the manufactured goods life cycle, from vetting engineering plans and sculpting a marketing plan to fulfillment and post-campaign sales. Come find out how Crowd Supply has the highest funding success rate in the industry, raises almost three times more per project than Kickstarter, and maintains a 100% project delivery rate. Up for discussion will be some notable success stories from Portland and beyond, as well as general advice for turning your idea into a real product.


Baked penne and prosciutto cotto

Stargazer farms green salad

Melon and basil

If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies that we need to be aware of please contact with 48 hours advanced notice.


Monthly events at Stargazer Farm as well as our Lunch Wagon at ADX will feature hand­-picked ingredients, compelling sourced within 5 miles of Stargazer Farm. 

Can’t make it this Friday? Come to the next Lunch Wagon on August 1st, 2014.

Does your company want to host a lunch? Contact Kelley at 503-438-8171.


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Anatoly Geyfman: HospitalMark Tue, 08 Jul 2014 01:31:47 +0000 Anatoly Geyfman is one of the talented professionals working out of our Coworking Office. A seasoned, award-winning technical leader, Anatoly is responsible for creating large-scale software management systems widely used in the medical field and in a number of Fortune 500 companies. Despite his impressive accomplishments, Anatoly is an incredibly humble and affable member of our community, always willing to share his knowledge and expertise with anyone who asks.

Following in the steps of his two older brothers, Anatoly developed a love of coding and software at an early age. Anatoly describes his hometown of Stamford, Connecticut, in the late 90s as the “Wild West” of coding. With the growing demand from large companies for software development and only a small pool of skilled programmers to draw from, opportunities abounded for the young Anatoly. By age 16, he was already coding professionally as an intern, building sophisticated software from the ground up.

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These days, Anatoly’s work focuses on big picture, software architecture rather than smaller, software component design. Basically, he creates large-scale software systems that solve highly complex but specific problems for companies. At DICOM Grid, Anatoly architected and built a world-class medical image management, storage, and transport platform. This software now allows doctors to exchange medical images with each other that were previously too large to easily share. Anatoly’s work has enabled the exchange of over 150,000 images per day and the program has nearly 1 billion images under management.

Anatoly recently won Grand Prize in the Digital Privacy Notice Challenge held by Office of the National Coordinator and Office for Civil Rights. In this challenge, Anatoly developed an innovative HIPAA form. This form made it easier to notify people of their rights to their personal data by being web-specific, easy to integrate, and open sourced with a consistent presentation across mobile platforms. Anatoly’s innovative form can be integrated into hospital portals, patient health records, and other patient-centered health applications.


Between building complex software systems and winning national awards, Anatoly has also recently started his own business, HospitalMark. HospitalMark provides sales organizations with valuable information about potential healthcare clients. By analyzing data gathered from federal, state, and private sources, HospitalMark creates a “sales persona” for medical institutions nation-wide. By comparing the personas of past clients, Anatoly is able to tell sales organizations who their most likely buyers are and why. He is currently piloting his service by providing sales leads to several organizations and receiving feedback from them to improve his system. Although still in its early stages, HospitalMark has already proven to be effective.

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We are honored to have such an inspiring mind working out of our coworking space and can’t wait to see HospitalMark take off!


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Design & Fabrication (Part 3): People Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:49:06 +0000 In Part 1 & 2, we delved into our Design & Fabrication Team’s projects and process. Now we’re ending this series with the most important part of ADX and the main reason our clients come to us: the people behind the work.

Meet our talented team of designers & makers. We hire our expert team in-house and work with them to develop the skills to do great work. As a hub and training ground for Portland’s growing artisanal manufacturing workforce, ADX is proud to have fostered the careers of hundreds of designers & builders.

Here are a few stories about our team and their pathway through ADX. Through their experiences, we’ll explore what it takes to be a part of a team of designers & fabricators.


Meet Marty Joyce - Director of Design & Fabrication

Marty brings over a decade of experience in high-end custom fabrication and retail design as the Director of our Design & Fabrication Team. As founder and co-founder of two design/build firms in Houston, TX, Marty has managed build-outs for some of the most celebrated architectural designers and restaurateurs in the area. Marty holds a degree in Sculpture from the University of Houston which has allowed him to bring artistic and traditional building elements together in his work.


Mariposa: Installation

Design & Fabrication Director: Marty Joyce
Design & Fabrication Team: Ivan Salcido, Annie McLaughlin, Thomas Phillips, Collin Blinder, Jim Dawson, Seth Constable, & Toshi Woudenberg

Mariposa was a uniquely challenging project since it’s design and production were required to be simultaneously sculptural and structural, beautiful and functional. Marty had to pull together a diverse team capable of soldering, programming, wiring, assembling, welding, testing and debugging electronics to tackle this momentous project.

CollinCollin Blinder, a 20 year old from Massachusetts, moved across the country to work at ADX. Despite his age, Collin’s impeccable technological skills, great sense of humor, and infectious positivity made him an invaluable part of our community as our Classes Coordinator and as a manufacturer on our Design & Fabrication Team.

Working as one of the electronics manufacturers on Mariposa, Collin says he “received a first hand education on planning, completing and activating a large-scale physical computing project.” Collin’s work at ADX has given him the experience and skills needed to go on to study Computer Science with a focus on Physical Sensor Networks at The University of Texas at Austin.


Annie McLaughlin developed her already impressive woodworking and metalworking skills as a Shop Steward before being hired on to our Design & Fabrication Team. Working on both Mariposa and Pfriem tap handles, Annie’s background in sculpture and adept problem solving skills were a huge asset to the team. During her work on these projects Annie discovered that “the nature of working on something so specific for a client lends itself well to expanding your skills and learning a new facet of being a tradesperson.”

Before she worked on our Design & Fabrication Team, however, Annie was a weaver. Noticing a demand for weaving implements, like looms, she used the skills she developed at ADX to fabricate these products. Annie realized she was uniquely equipped to meet this demand, as “it’s not common for someone to know how to weave and also use power tools.”


Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen: Interior

Design & Fabrication Director: Marty Joyce
Design & Fabrication Team: Zac Mellecker, Thomas Phillips, Bradley Yeomans, Kyle D’Auria, Ivan Salcido

Creating an artistic, sculptural installation within Luc Lac’s bustling commercial setting was a demanding undertaking. Marty worked closely with our client to design his vision for the installation. He then assembled a team which would be capable of planning, building, painting, troubleshooting, and perfecting the original design to bring this idea to life.


Zac Mellecker grew up in Ashland, Oregon, doing carpentry, painting, and interior build-outs with his father. When he first came to ADX he fell in love with the community and joined as a Shop Steward. After demonstrating his excellent woodworking and leadership skills, Zac was hired on to our Design & Fabrication Team. His ability to think on his feet and multitask made him an important part of bringing Luc Lac installation from design to completion.

“We were working against gravity,” Zac recalls, speaking to the difficulty of taking a design from paper and adjusting it to fit real world conditions. Zac has enjoyed the camaraderie of working together on our Design & Fabrication Team and being involved in all aspects of a job, design through installation. Zac plans to continue working in fabrication, eventually focusing more on eco-friendly designs.

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Pfriem Family Brewers: Artisanal Manufacturing

Design & Fabrication Director: Marty Joyce
Design & Fabrication Team: Ivan Salcido, Bradley Yeomans, Seamus Holley, Monroe Isenberg, & Annie McLaughlin

Marty took over production of Prfriem tap handles with the design already in place. Working within these tight design parameters forced the team to get creative in the production process, rather than the design process, in order to manufacture these tap handles efficiently and affordably for the client. The team Marty assembled to continue producing Pfriem tap handles were required to have excellent woodworking and metalworking skills and extreme attention to detail and precision in assembly.


Ivan Salcido first heard about ADX when he was preparing to move to Portland from Texas and immediately knew he wanted to be a part of the team. Ivan began as a Shop Steward but his technical genius and ability to jump into any project and get the job done landed him on our Design & Fabrication Team. His hard work and dependable attitude made him a great addition to the production of Pfriem tap handles.

Ivan recounts “it is challenging to see these projects through but rewarding to know that in the end we are working together and doing an excellent job.” Outside of his work at ADX, Ivan is a sculptor and art preparatory at One Grand Gallery. He uses his woodworking, metalworking, and numerous others skills honed at ADX in creating sculptures and installing artwork. Check out more of Ivan’s work here


Tokio Table Japanese Steakhouse: Furniture

Design & Fabrication Director: Marty Joyce
Design & Fabrication Team: Bradley Yeomans, Zac Mellecker, Peter Barich, Ben DeWitte, Thomas Phillips

Designing and fabricating teppanyaki tables for Tokio Table was a complex task because it required the design to be elegant while the structure to be strong and durable enough to withstand a high volume commercial environment. Marty created a design based on the client’s aesthetic and functional needs of the restaurant. He assembled a team of fabricators with the skills to cut, grind, weld, finish, paint, and transport this immense project.


Thomas Phillips loved working in the model shop at Syracuse University and always had a knack for design and furniture building. When he found out about ADX through a friend, he was hooked, and joined as a Shop Steward. Once Thomas’ considerable woodworking skills, precision, and attention to detail were noticed, he was hired on to our Design & Fabrication Team.

While working on Tokio Table, Thomas came to realize that “precision and adaptability are key in all projects.” Thomas loves both designing and fabricating, stating “I’m hoping to always have the ability to do both; only when the two are integrated through my hands do I feel invested and completely satisfied with the project.”


Bringing a client’s vision to life is a challenging but rewarding process that requires immense skill and teamwork. We are incredibly proud of our Design & Fabrication Team and the work they’ve done.

Have you enjoyed learning about the design & build process? Stay updated on our latest projects here!


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Design & Fabrication (Part 2): Process Wed, 21 May 2014 01:51:48 +0000 In Part 1 of our Design & Fabrication Series, you saw four of our recently completed projects. Now in Part 2, we show you under the hood of our design & build process. Do you have an idea you’d like to see come to life? Tell us about it at


Mariposa: Installation

Since Mariposa is a truly one-of-a-kind installation, there was no roadmap for how to make this project work. Our designers worked closely with our client, creating multiple 3D renderings and testing numerous materials in order to prototype this colossal structure. Our specialized team of fabricators took 150 individual custom acrylic lamps and fastened them between two hulking steel structural anchors. Each lamp was then strategically attached over 600 feet of marine grade stainless steel cable. Finally, our team precisely programmed and calibrated thousands of LEDs to respond to sounds and touch, completing this beautiful and truly unique installation.

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Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen: Interior

Armed with a single reference photo for inspiration, our team enhanced the original design to better fit our client’s vision. Using a suite of design tools to create 3D renderings of the project, we added copper to the original design and laser cut custom perforations in the steel. Our team then secured the 30-foot long metal pieces to wood postings to create a wave-like look. We mounted this dynamically reflective installation on Luc Lac’s back wall, enhancing the atmosphere one of our favorite local businesses.


Pfriem Family Brewers: Artisanal Manufacturing

Starting with a few handcrafted artisanal prototypes, we were tasked with bringing this design to a small production scale while maintaining quality and our client’s budget. The process of rendering a truckload of 20-foot planks of rough, weathered barn wood into hundreds of beautiful tap handles was truly rewarding, fun, and challenging. We cut the wood planks down to size to fit the metal casings and precisely laser etched each with the Pfriem logo. It took an innovative design and a specialized team of craftsman to transform this pile of old wood into rustic, identical-yet-unique tap handles, fit for an award-winning brewery.


Tokio Table Japanese Steakhouse: Furniture

We worked closely with our client, creating 3D renderings and selecting materials, in order to actualize his idea for custom teppanyaki tables. We welded steel tubing to create sturdy frames for the tables and attached them to CNC formed, powder coated steel tops. Our client chose a zebra laminate exterior to complete these impressive tables which are now the cornerstone of our favorite Japanese Steakhouse.

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Our third and final installment will introduce you to the people behind this fine work.

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Association May: The Connective Fri, 16 May 2014 20:31:53 +0000

May 18, 2014
7pm to 11pm
Limited batch of $65 tickets (gratuity not included) available HERE.

UNION/PINE will welcome a fresh team of collaborators for their chef + speaker dinner series ‘Association’ on Sunday May 18th. What happens when a chef, a farmer, and a manufacturer who love to adventure walk into a bar? 40 lucky guests will find out during this evening exploration.

The incredibly talented alum of Woodsman Tavern, Olympic Provisions, and Clyde Common, Jason Barwikowski, will be preparing a coursed meal featuring hand-picked ingredients from Billy Tosheff’s historic Stargazer Farm, while impassioned ambassador of ADX and Portland Made, Kelley Roy will take the stage.

Jason has notoriously partnered with renowned cocktail creator Evan Zimmerman in many a venture, so it seems appropriate that he be the man behind the drinks on this occasion.Association will serve as a launch for Evan’s latest venture – a keg cocktail company he is forming with his fiance Megan, that they have dubbed North+Lands.

Kelley, known for her dedication to the creative community and her advocacy for supporting the local economy, will talk to the exclusive group of diners about the importance of human interaction as the foundation for building personal and economic strength. Ms. Roy continues to pull from her fold of fast friends by inviting legendary dessert-maker Kristen D. Murray of MÅURICE Luncheonette and wines from Olga and Barnaby Tuttle of Teutonic Wine.

Classic Vintage Rentals will be providing their gorgeous furnishings for the occasion, while the special decor items will be supplied by members of various Portland-based collectives. Caravan Pacific of The Makery, known for their statement lamps, will be debuting their new tableware accessories, and Bryan Jablonski, architectural fabricator at Bullseye glass and resident glassblower on Stargazer Farm, will showcase his skills with some select custom wares.

Also from Stargazer Farm will come fresh plants and flowers, and the handshakes, cheers, and laughs will be captured by photographer and videographer Will Nelson of MegaMouth.

As an enticing bonus in line with the idea of supporting craftsman and community, all the selections possible will actually be available for purchase at the dinner, so plan to leave having been an accessory to the cause yourself.

Check out this video of the fourth Association dinner with Olympic Provisions and Andrew Dickson made by Randall Garcia and Samahra Little to put you in the mood. The full menu is listed below.


Grilled bread. Pickled shrimp. Cucumber. Corona beans. Calabrian chilies.
Libation: EZ special cocktail #1.Surprise Oyster course: Netart Bay oyster.
Libation: Bubbles.Salad: Spinach. Bellwether Farms whole milk ricotta. Caramelized fennel. Roasted strawberries.
Libation: Rose.Main: Spice coated grilled chicken thighs.
Salt roasted fingerling potatoes. Mizuna. Oregano pesto.
Butter braised radishes. Lemon verbena.
Libation: Blanc de noir.

Dessert: Maurice.
Libation: EZ special cocktail #2, Wine.

Hope to see you there!

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First Friday: Makings Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:20:30 +0000 After a short hiatus, we’re back hosting First Friday art shows every month! Join us at our first show of the year, Makings, an exhibition showcasing the artistry, ingenuity, and craftsmanship of the makers that call ADX home.


On Friday, May 2nd, from 6-9PM in the ADX gallery, we will be drinking delicious Base Camp Brewing Co beer while enjoying the work of our community of furniture makers, visual artists, and object makers.


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Lucas Gray & Nick Mira: Propel Studio Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:09:31 +0000 Nick and Lucas are multi-disciplinary, creative designers who recently set up their architecture studio at ADX. Propel Studio is a “community oriented architecture, design, and development studio looking to work with creative, inspiring people and organizations” (Propel Studio). Lucas and Nick operate their business on the triple bottom line – environment, economics, and people.


Lucas and Nick have already become integral parts of our community here at ADX. Not only have they collaborated with the ADX Fabrication and Education Departments, contributing their design expertise to an interactive education wall for local students, but Lucas’s artwork will also be displayed in our upcoming First Friday Member Show.

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Lucas Gray, AIA, LEED BD+C

Lucas-Headshot-BW1Lucas brings passion for design excellence and years of international work experience designing projects in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia and North America. His innovative, competition-winning design ideas blend sustainable building strategies and timeless architectural forms with a particular focus on materiality and manipulating daylight. He brings expertise working with diverse communities throughout the world, offering his services to community groups and nonprofits to create positive change through architecture. Lucas’s experience with marketing, communication and social media offers a unique skill set to their studio, helping him communicate their ideas with clients and the public. Lucas has a Bachelor of Architecture from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon and is a LEED-accredited professional.

Nick Mira, AIA, LEED BD+C

Nick-Headshot-BWNick believes in providing excellent service to clients and brings a dedication to design exploration to each and every project. He is an Oregon-licensed architect with over 10 years experience working on technically challenging projects across the United States and internationally. His portfolio consists of high-performance buildings for offices, research, healthcare, commercial, mixed-use and residential. Nick’s leadership and technical abilities allow him to guide their practice through the complexities of any project with a focus on sustainable design strategies and an acute attention to detail. Nick facilitates a collaborative approach to design through interactive visualization and Building Information Modeling. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, is a LEED-accredited professional and is an active explorer in his design studio. ????????????????????????????

Propel Studio was founded with the idea that we could give back to our community by providing creative solutions to the built environment. We believe in creating socially responsible architecture that improves the places we live, work, and play. With each project our studio explores the intricacies of the program, the unique aspects of each site, and the local climate to develop a strong concept that we follow through the project’s completion. We work at all scales, from small pavilions and homes, to neighborhood planning and commercial developments (Propel Studio).


We work in a collaborative environment where we share ideas, challenge our preconceptions, and push our designs to be innovative and responsive (Propel Studio).


Check out more of Propel Studio’s impressive work here or on their Facebook page (don’t forget to ‘Like’ them!). Want to get in touch with Nick and Lucas?

Propel Studio
417 SE 11th Ave.,
Portland, OR 97214
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Design & Fabrication Series (Part 1): Projects Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:54:08 +0000 Did you know ADX is home to one of the top custom design & fabrication shops in Portland?

You’ve likely seen our team’s handiwork in places all around Portland or beyond. In this three part series, we’ll give you an inside look at our recent projects, our design and build process, and the people behind this fine work.


Mariposa: Installation

Our client, a technological installation artist from Interhacktive, came to ADX to make his idea a reality. His vision? Mariposa, a 40-foot tall light, sound, and touch interactive chandelier. Mariposa utilizes a complex network of motion sensors, sounds, and LED lights to generate audiovisual displays based on interaction. This breathtaking installation is located in Denver, CO, so unfortunately, we can’t play with it but in Part 2 we’ll show you how it was made!


Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen: Interior

Last December, Luc Lac closed their doors in order to bring their look up to par with their top-notch cuisine. This project incorporated a football field of copper, steel, and wood and can now be seen stretching across an entire wall of the newly renovated restaurant. Next time we’ll show you the inspiration for this installation and what it took to build it.


Pfriem Family Brewers: Artisanal Manufacturing

Great brews need equally well crafted tap handles. That’s why Pfriem, winner of Williamette Week’s 2014 Beer of the Year, came to ADX to develop their rustic, hand crafted handles. In part 2, we’ll show you how a truckload of barn wood turned into those awesome tap handles you keep seeing around town.


Tokio Table Japanese Steakhouse: Furniture

The owner of Tokio Table, a brand new Japanese Steakhouse on Division, came to ADX to design and fabricate a sleek set of communal teppanyaki tables. These white-topped, zebra wood veneer clad behemoths can each accommodate a 300-pound, 30,000 BTU hibachi griddle, and seat plenty. Tokio Table is not yet open but we’re excited to see these dynamic tables in action soon!


In Part 2, we’ll explore our design and build process and give you a “behind-the-scenes” look at how to complete these projects.

What’s your big idea? Contact us at and let’s build something awesome.

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Getting Into Shapes: Kello & Grady Tue, 04 Mar 2014 03:46:49 +0000 This blog post was originally posted on February 27th, 2014 by Josh Doll of Band.

It’s fairly frequently, I would say, that we feel inspired by and impressed with the collective creative folks that we share our office space with. Recently, one of the desks in the ADX co-working space was occupied by the lovely Kello, who worked together with local artist Grady to create a really cool collaborative art piece.Using a massive amount of hand-finished, painted and collaged wooden shapes, these two built an rad working kaleidoscope that these photos will not do justice. That said, the kaleidoscope will be on display at the Timeshare Gallery in downtown Portland, and there will be a (second) opening show on March 6 for First Thursday.

Do these two a favor and go check out their work this week [Thursday, March 6th] from 6:30 to 11 PM [at Timeshare Gallery], and enjoy these photos if you can’t make it!

via Getting Into Shapes | Band Ltd. | Kello & Grady.

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Graham Kingsbury: Wands, Jewelry, and Purses Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:14:48 +0000 Three years ago, Graham Kingsbury  decided to carve himself a wand. “I’m a fantasy fan and a big fan of the Harry Potter books,” Graham says. “Wands and wandmakers play a big part in the story, and in the sixth book, there’s a mention of ‘other wandmakers,’ which got me thinking.”

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Wands: Pink Ivory, African Blackwood, Snakewood, Tulipwood, Zebrawood, Rosewood, Zircote, Granadillo, Ebony, Bocote, Cocobolo, and Oak.

Graham Kingsbury noted that in carving square sticks into rounded sticks, the wood began to whisper. Tales of wizards and witches from long ago, and the wands they left behind. Graham learned that he was not carving his own new wands, but actually finding old wands reborn from the chunks of new wood in his hands (excerpt from Graham’s booklet, Wand Wise).

After carving his own wands, Graham began to write a history of wands, Wanderers, which started in the Harry Potter universe and then grew apart from it altogether. He would carve a wand, and then write its story, including who carved it originally, and what deeds it may have done, or who first owned it.

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Jewelry: Hand-carved pink ivory wood with pearls and copper wire.

Graham continued carving wands and other small items until his girlfriend inspired him to start carving jewelry. So far he has focused on earrings, working in wood and simple metal forms. His work has grown into larger projects as well, such as tables, mirrors, purses, and soon a jewelry box.

0120141251Purse/clutch: Rosewood front and sides, mahogany back. Leather interior. Lathe-turned outside, hand tooled inside. Sanded to 2500 grit for smooth finish. Magnetic closures. Fits most smartphones and eyeglasses.

My Grandfather was a woodworker, carving birds and making wooden clocks, boats, and household solutions to non-existent problems. My uncle carves a bit as well… I guess it’s in the genes!


Want a handcrafted wand of your own or to learn more about wand making? Email Graham at or visit Wand Wise.

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