1593 Xavier Ave., Ames
“This is beautiful! Where did you get it?”
That’s what you’ll hear every time a guest walks into your home and sees a one-of-a-kind piece by Brendan Zimmerman, the owner of Stone House Woodworking in Napier. Brendan creates beautiful, one-of-a-kind works -- ranging from tables and chairs, to mirrors, benches and more -- transformed from both raw and reclaimed lumber.
Brendan discovered his passion for woodworking at a very young age thanks to his
grandfather, who was also an avid woodworker.
“When I was very young, maybe five or six, my first “real” woodworking projects were carving wooden boats that refused to float. Grandpa Chuck traced the shape of a hull, helped my brother and me cut it out, and then he let us loose with a rasp and sand paper. Once we mastered pine boats we advanced to turning hardwood drum sticks and candle holders in his garage over summer weeks in Ohio. Since those early memories, I have never stopped building and making things.”
His work is heavily influenced by the shaker furniture style, the “truth to material” concept of the Arts and Crafts movement, and the simplicity of modern design. His work is often drafted digitally, then crafted with such precision and attention to detail that it is sure to make a statement.
Be sure to visit Brendan’s studio during the Ames Area Studio Tour Oct. 10 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and Oct. 11 (noon – 4 p.m.) You can also contact Brendan with questions, view more photos of his work or to request a custom piece of furniture through his website at www.stonehouseww.com.