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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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Materials, Tradition, and Craft

BY YUKI TANAKA
@ 「ICSでNIGHT」 ON SEP 23, 2013

Yuki Tanaka's idea for a bottle holder is rejected due to it being too costly both time-wise and money-wise. She redesigns her holder to a less costly design that is remarkably elegant. She also shows us some of the other unique projects she has undertaken, including a spherical fruit basket and an expensive clock. (in Japanese with English subtitles)

"Presentation of the Day" on November 6, 2013.

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The Benefits of Reclaimed Wood

BY JAMIE HAMMEL
@ VOL 4 ON NOV 21, 2013

Jamie Hammel knows his reclaimed wood, and speaks concisely on the environmental and aesthetic benefits of using this salvaged material to build beautiful new structures. He speaks on the numerous sources of reclaimed wood -- from old bridges, to farm houses, to boardwalks -- and the instensive process of prepping the material for repurposing.

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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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Wood Imagine

BY CARL ARNESE
@ VOL 27 ON OCT 02, 2018

Carl Arnese takes us on a personal journey to his happy place which consists of recharging his creativity through a new found hobby and passion to create through woodcraft. 

Carl Arnese is a designer who left England at the age of 21 and has spent the last 17 years perusing his passion for design. After starting his career in toy design at LEGO, Carl transitioned to footwear design. He is now challenged to creatively lead a team of fearless designers to create the future of sport innovation for Adidas. As a departure to the hi-tech world of innovation, Carl finds his escape by re-charging his creative energy through his hobby of woodcraft.