01 Aug Episode #35: Bicyclette
The self-taught furniture maker.
Today I’ll be talking to Brian Christopher. Brian is the owner of bicyclette is a small furniture studio, where each piece is designed, built and finished by hand. Each piece is built employing traditional wood joinery and is made from sustainable hardwoods (mostly american white oak). the pieces find their roots in the timeless, classic & utilitarian design which we encounter in our daily lives and with our travels abroad.
On this episode we discuss:
- How Brian discovered his love for furniture making.
- How to be patient and take the time you need to build that next step of your business.
- The importance of have a strong support system around you: family and friends.
- Setting up shop in a place that allows you to have business conversations with peers. (there’s no such thing as competition!)
- How inspiration comes from the most surprising places: for Brian was hiking the Appalachian Trail.
I first got into woodworking 4-5 year ago. At the time I was living in New York City and I was working at a contemporary art gallery up there. I was trying to figure out what to do with my life and one day I stumbled upon an article in The New York Times about a woodworker in the city and something about that resonated with me completely. From that point on I just tried to absorb and learn as much as I could about woodworking, obtaining tools and teaching myself things. Taking opportunities to practice it, and it has really grown from that point.