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Brendan originally came from Solon, Iowa and went to college at Iowa State, graduating with a BS in general business. Although the degree had nothing to do with woodworking, it helped quite a bit as Brendan started his own business, Stone House Woodworking.
Before Brendan’s career in woodworking, he was a computer modeler. This computer modeling taught him a lot about how things fit together and how best to build things. Even now, to be more precise, he designs most things he builds on the computer before cutting the lumber.
Brendan’s woodworking consists of simple lines and subtle curves. He likes to look to architecture and nature to inspire aspects of his furniture, especially color and grain. He also enjoys looking to other furniture makers and artists. Using design cues from them is great way to stay relevant and expand his work.
Brendan believes his success is a result of his confidence in his craftsmanship. To be a truly gifted woodworker, you have to try to improve each day and not just be content with the pieces you’re able to make today. A slight sense of dissatisfaction and constant need to improve drives your craft.
Brendan’s favorite project continues to be a set of chairs he did when he first tried producing furniture. He loves this project because after making the chairs he could finally call himself a furniture maker, a proud moment for him.
The Studio Tour guests visiting Stone House Woodworking can expect sawdust on the floor and cold beer if they’d like. Brendan hopes the guests will be interested in the process, in tooling, in the materials, and in the methods that make woodworking so unique. He hopes guests gain a real understanding of the time and effort these projects take.
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