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Carl Arnese

Design Director, Adidas in Portland

Wood Imagine


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.

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Wood and Steel

@ 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

@ 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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Authenticity, The Italian Artisan, and Wood

@ VOL 18 ON FEB 11, 2016

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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Japan and the Temporal Craftsmen

@ VOL 17 ON MAR 09, 2017

Nicholas Coffee takes us through history of temporal craftsmen with examples of temples and shrines across Japan. His study was made possible by the Georgia Trust Foundation.

Nicholas is a LEED AP Architectural Designer at FXFOWLE working on a range of projects in NYC from urban design to interior design. Previously he worked at Bjarke Ingels Group on a variety of projects including the Hot to Cold exhibition and publication. He holds a Masters of Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelors of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder (his hometown.)

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Moments on the Trail

@ VOL 27 ON OCT 02, 2018

Happiness is not a constant state, it comes in moments. This is a story of finding the best of those moments deep in the woods with my dog, and how I worked to increase those happy moments throughout my life.

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Foundry Wood and Community Engagement

@ 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

@ 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

@ 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.

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Working with Wood

@ VOL 6 ON MAR 07, 2019

Sara Tabbert is an artist from Fairbanks who works with wood in a number of different ways. She makes work out of compulsion, curiosity, and a deep love of process and materials.