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Kellen Catani

Designer, Maker, Purebred Wood and Craft co. in knoxville

Authenticity, The Italian Artisan, and Wood

PRESENTED ON FEB 11, 2016
IN KNOXVILLE @ VOL 18

Wood speaks for itself. The tree grows for years, learning about the Earth, becoming its own, developing character. Never perfect, but a unique form a life that always seems to mesmerize. Kellen Catani and his company Purebred Wood and Craft Co. cherishes this imperfection. When it is time for the tree to move on, they repurpose its life into functional and beautiful objects, fully embracing the culture of the Italian artisan as they labor. Purebred exposes the persona that resides in the tree and therefrom create their own expression of authenticity, always exemplifying a deep respect for this material that no man can truly comprehend.

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Wood and Steel

BY SJORS VAN BUYTEN
@ VOL 14 ON FEB 20, 2013

Sjors van Buyten shows his passion for craft and design, from his beginnings working with metals in an automotive shop, to some of his recent designs. He works primarily with metals and wood, and also enjoys incorporating light in many of his installations.

"Presentation of the Day" on April 24, 2013.

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From Welding to Wood to Bronze

BY RODNEY HILL
@ VOL 1 ON NOV 25, 2014

Rodney Hill, Architect and professor, discusses the results of many years of sculpting. From unintended opportunities that opened while covering design gaps in the architecture offices he worked for, he discovered a path that led from welding to wood to bronze as an avocation. He shared his large scale, very intricate wood carvings, some with erotic affordances requested by clients.

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By All Means, Craft

BY MATT CULVER
@ VOL 13 ON NOV 11, 2014

Matt Culver's focuses on the University of Tennessee School of Architecture Fab Lab. While this facility may be similar to fabrication shops at other design schools, Matt firmly believes that the University of Tennessee School of Architecture Fab Lab is uniquely poised to draw upon a regional legacy of craft. This potential opportunity can help set it apart from other facilities.

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Boisseliers du Rif

BY JEAN-MARC RIF
@ VOL 21 ON DEC 10, 2014

“Our specialty is our ability to offer customized products to discerning clients using both traditional and modern craftsmanship techniques” says Jean-Marc Rif about Boisseliers du Rif, a business his family has been running since 1913! This third generation wood works and furniture manufacturer tells us about the benefits of specializing in skilled manual labor…Let’s (re)discover the art of craftsmanship in the 21st century! 

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Why wood we?

BY JULIET ARNOTT
@ VOL 32 ON SEP 26, 2017

Juliet Arnott is a Christchurch based occupational therapist and artist. She has long maintained an art practice that reveres traditional craft and it’s inherent resourcefulness, activates local under-valued resources, and often engages others in participation of the same. Her socially minded practice lead to the instigation of Rekindle and Whole House Reuse in 2012. Rekindle is a social enterprise that seeks to derive social and creative impact from reusable resources to avoid waste to landfill. 

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Spoons

BY LISE BRATTON AND GRAEME MURRAY
@ VOL 2 ON APR 20, 2016

Graeme talks about the history of rural spoon making in southern Japanee villages, Lise talks about the Djemaa El Fna square in Marrakech, and they relate these very different cultures to their own woodwork practices.

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Foundry Wood and Community Engagement

BY KRISTIE NAIMO
@ VOL 1 ON NOV 30, 2018

Kristie Naimo talks about the work of ARC CIC - Achieving Results in Communities Community Interest Company. One of ARC CIC’s first community projects is Foundry Wood a Community Woodland in Leamington Spa.

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Japanese Wood Crafts

BY YUKIKO IZUMI
@ VOL 39 ON MAR 21, 2019

In a short story across the world, Yukiko Izumi tells us how she picked up a keen interest in the japanese wood craftsmanship called "kumiko".

The audience is taken through some beautiful examples and the culture surrounding the art, before finally discussing how to keep it all alive for the next generation.

In this evening's break period, people were even lucky enough to get to try it hands-on, as Yukiko had brought some lovely samples!

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Art at Work

BY NATHAN WIENS
@ VOL 48 ON MAR 21, 2019

We delve into this creative, mad scientist's head as he walks us through some of his recent projects. What does the future look like for Chapel Arts... listen in and find out more about the talented Nathan Wiens.