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Featured Shop: The Design Pallet

Jul 18, 2012

by TheDesignPallet

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

My name is Bruce, and my shop is The Design Pallet. I live in Seattle, and work alone making furniture and small home decor items.

My creative process is focused on designing objects that are simple, useful, and close to their natural state. I don’t see the point of taking something organic and beautiful, then cutting, sanding, and staining it beyond recognition. The whole point of my work is that you can tell it came from a tree. As for the furniture designs, first and foremost I make sure that every piece of furniture is functional. So often, I see furniture where function is an afterthought. Part of my process is asking myself, “Can someone put a coffee cup on this table?” or “Will this bench be a comfortable place to put boots on in the morning?”

My process is about scaling back details and removing extraneous elements until all that is left is something pure and useful. Because I work with the natural shape and condition of locally salvaged lumber, I let the wood speak to me and tell me what it needs to become — a bit earthy sounding, I know, but there is truth there.

As for smaller goods, I realized how much quality lumber was being thrown out or put in the burn pile because it was too small to be made into furniture. It happens in most wood shops. I decided to use the material for small useful products. A few of the items I offer, like the test tube spice racks, have been inspired by requests straight from Etsy customers.

I actually used to be a corporate guy. I did that for a long time, and at the end of each day I didn’t feel connected to my work. I wanted to build things. I wanted to create things. I started an apprenticeship as a wood worker and made a small investment in my first set of tools. It’s not easy to make your way in the world as a furniture craftsman, but it’s the right life for me. My goals have shifted, and now I care more about creating something that will last for generations than I do about hitting someone else’s revenue numbers. I also care a lot about being a good guest, and as long as I’m passing through, I’d like to do as little harm to the planet as possible. I try to use locally salvaged material, reclaimed lumber, avoid landfills, and use beeswax instead of toxic finishes. What I love about building my own business is that I can decide to be a good environmental steward if I want to.

I like people to know not just where the furniture I’ve made for them was built, but also what kind of tree it was, and where it came from. In every manufacturing process, people, communities and natural resources are impacted. Being a conscious consumer starts by having a curiosity about those people, communities, and resources. The first step is to gain the knowledge, and from there you can decide what to do about it.

I got into this having a pretty good idea of how to be creative, but I quickly realized that I had a lot to learn about business. I’ve learned more about valuing my time, and, in turn, valuing the time of others. Now I don’t always look for the cheapest thing. I try to find the best thing made by the best person because that’s how I want people to find me. I’ve had to learn about finding work life balance, because even though my work is my passion, it is still work, and sometimes I need to take some time to rest and restore myself. I’ve become more humble and better at asking for help. I had to learn to admit that I’m just one person, and I don’t know everything. There was also a critical shift when I transitioned to being my own boss. I didn’t have to please anyone but myself, so I was able to make decisions about my aesthetic, process, materials, and promotions without having to compromise to please someone else. So I guess in some ways I’m more humble, and in other ways less so.  I can’t tell you how much my appreciation for small businesses and their owners has deepened.

Etsy makes it easier for me to discover other like-minded craftspeople, and it exposes my work to literally thousands of people who never would have known about me otherwise. As a one-man show, I don’t have a board of directors to provide strategic direction — I have the Etsy community. There are several shop owners who have been incredibly supportive: Vitrified StudioCamilleMontgomery, and Soap. Etsy gave me a vehicle to get my shop up and running in one weekend, and I started making sales the first week. It was a boost to my confidence, and those first early sales let me know that it was okay for me to take this risk and launch my furniture business. I can’t say enough about how glad I am to be a part of the Etsy community. It is a great compliment to my local commissioned work.

My favorite piece that I have made is actually available in my Etsy shop right now. It is a simple side table made from a very thick book-matched slab of locally salvaged elm supported on four gloss white hairpin legs. Simple. Organic. Beautiful. It embodies the Design Pallet aesthetic. And the numbers don’t lie. It has been viewed 2576 times, favorited 303 times, been on 28 treasury lists, and has been featured in almost every piece of press I have gotten to date. One college blogger even professed undying love for it and said that if she could afford it, she would love it “as if it were her own child.” Even though it hasn’t been purchased yet, it is a constant reminder that my craft touches people; that they feel something when they see it. And even if it never sells, that is just fine by me.

What I love about design and being a craftsman is the challenge to take the things that inspire me in this world, whether it be furniture, architecture, design, music, or travel and let them fuel my craft and my creativity.

We all take a little of something from the artists that have come before us, and (hopefully with good intentions) we put our own spin on things and make them our own. In my work, I try and honor the beauty of each piece of wood, add a hint of mid-century design, and make it comfortable in the modern world. This is what I strive for with The Design Pallet.

All photos by The Design Pallet.

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226 comments

  • LauraBoyea

    Laura Boyea from LauraBoyea said 5 years ago

    Lovely story and beautiful shop. I love raw looks and knowing what trees made it happen. Congratulations!!

  • DecoFamara

    DecoFamara from DecoFamara said 5 years ago

    Congrats!!!!! Great shop and Beautiful work.

  • VoleedeMoineaux

    Hillary De Moineaux from VoleedeMoineaux said 5 years ago

    Wonderful!

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 5 years ago

    I love your work ethic and consciousness of how Earth is a gift we share for the time we are here...and our responsibility to be wise and gentle with that gift. You make simple, functional pieces that let the natural beauty shine through and need no embellishment. Thank you for sharing your story and inspiring us. Wishing you continued success and joy in following your passion.

  • dayslonggone

    Gwynne Collins from DaysLongGone said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story! I love your work! Congrats on the FS!

  • tarikyousef

    Tarik Yousef from TYFineFurniture said 5 years ago

    As a fellow furniture maker all I can say is that your workmanship is exceptional and your design style is a refreshing pure modern look. Congrats on the feature!

  • treasurebooth

    Kelly from treasurebooth said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work! Love those bookends. Congrats :)

  • kathyjohnson3

    Kathy Johnson from kathyjohnson3 said 5 years ago

    Your work is stunning!! Love the tables, so pretty!

  • decembermoondesign

    Doreen from decembermoondesign said 5 years ago

    Your designs are beautiful. Your outlook is inspiring. Thank you for sharing both.

  • jmayoriginals

    jean from jmayoriginals said 5 years ago

    congrats on your feature. your do beautiful work. like you, i let my materials speak to me. wishing you much success!

  • SeaGlassJournal

    Gary del Mar from SeaGlassJournal said 5 years ago

    I love the elegant simplicity of your work. Congrats on the feature and all the best with your endeavor!

  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering said 5 years ago

    I really enjoyed this article! Keep up thwe fantastic work & congrats on your feature!

  • 2vcreative

    Violeta Warner from QVintage said 5 years ago

    Your work is tremendous...beauty,form and function.

  • StudioBotanica

    Cristy Beck from StudioBotanica said 5 years ago

    Really gorgeous work, Congratulations!

  • thetootsiewootsie

    Mariel Casperson from thetootsiewootsie said 5 years ago

    Wow what a great shop! i love these kind of things!

  • sianykitty

    Siany from sianykitty said 5 years ago

    beautiful work, so sensitive and modern.. bravo!

  • NorthWoodworks

    Jane Anne from NorthWoodworks said 5 years ago

    Your finishing process really makes the grain stand out. Your pieces are beautiful.

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 5 years ago

    Exquisite!!!

  • vitrifiedstudio

    vitrifiedstudio from vitrifiedstudio said 5 years ago

    congrats!! loved reading it and seeing the photos. thanks for the mention. good luck and happy sales!

  • barbaraaltman

    Barbara Altman from BAltmanDesigns said 5 years ago

    I love the simplicity of your work. Simple is better. Everything is beautiful and you are on the right track....

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous work. Congrats!

  • thelittlemarket

    Debbie from thelittlemarket said 5 years ago

    Fabulous pieces!!!! way to go!!

  • skybluemaine

    skybluemaine from MySkyBlueMaine said 5 years ago

    Bravo Bruce, Bravo. Annie

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose said 5 years ago

    Lovely furniture you got there!

  • CoffeeInBed

    Mike Dale from CoffeeInBed said 5 years ago

    Love it, and oooooh that side table!

  • LuminousCreation

    Jaclyn Dreyer from LuminousCreation said 5 years ago

    Wow! Congratulations Bruce on the well deserved feature. I love the simplicity & beauty of your pieces. Best of luck & success to you! xoxo

  • flamingfuchsia

    flamingfuchsia from flamingfuchsia said 5 years ago

    I heart Bruce. I can almost feel the passion he has for his work. Makes me feel all warm inside. I like the way he works with the grain, not against it. Congratulations Bruce, keep up the good work.

  • CrownBindery

    Carla from CrownBindery said 5 years ago

    I viewed the little table just because I was so inspired to join in on the admiration. You do beautiful work!

  • PaperActivist

    Chistopher Morgan said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work Bruce. I really like the bookends and the eco side table. Wishing you continued success.

  • amiraime

    Ami Raime from Raimestique said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Thanks for sharing! Love your furniture.

  • SuiteOneStudio

    SuiteOneStudio from SuiteOneStudio said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! A wonderful feature! Your work is incredible!

  • allthingswhite

    Kathi from allthingswhite said 5 years ago

    love your work! congratulations :D

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 5 years ago

    Neat! Congrats on the feature!

  • TheDesignPallet

    Bruce from TheDesignPallet said 5 years ago

    Thanks so much for the outpouring of kind words! Comments like these alone remind me why I do what I do. :)

  • thepeacockrm

    Brie Hammer from thepeacockrm said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature and your beautiful work. My late grandfather used to make me pencil and crayon holders, that were very similar to a couple of your pieces- this really moved me. I wish you continued success. You're a total doll by the way.

  • birdie1

    Laurie from BirdinHandVTG said 5 years ago

    Love your work and especially the process.

  • OliCreations

    Francesca from OliCreations said 5 years ago

    Amazing shop, and great concept! I especially love the idea of using the smaller pieces of wood that would otherwise be thrown away to make small, functional objects. And those tables are so beautiful!

  • Niftic

    Niftic from NifticVintage said 5 years ago

    Beautiful Creations Bruce! All hail to the craftsmen in our lives!

  • NannyMadeandfound

    Melinda from sixtybeansVntg said 5 years ago

    Really love what you do. The creative process is truly a passion for you and your work is such an art form.

  • jojess

    Hannah from ThreeSunbeams said 5 years ago

    Love your products. I need to buy something now.

  • JessPurses

    Jessica Hooper from JessPurses said 5 years ago

    Amazing work, such natural and organic designs! I grew up on a cedar shingle mill in Port Angelas so your feature really appealed to me.

  • MidwestAlchemy

    MidwestAlchemy from MidwestAlchemy said 5 years ago

    Stunning work!

  • SweetMeas

    Sarah Meas from SweetMeas said 5 years ago

    Love that you use each and every last piece, great idea for small little keepsakes!! Waste not !! Lovely...

  • Manduya

    Yamandú Cuevas from Manduya said 5 years ago

    Hello, I find it truly inspiring work you do. Although I do different things, your entrepreneurial spirit and many of your ideas I find very attractive. Congratulations and greetings from Uruguay. Yamandú Cuevas.

  • MVDesignInk

    Marilú from MVDesignInk said 5 years ago

    Your designs are beautiful! Congratulations on the feature!!

  • RustandRose

    Angela from PrairieinBloom said 5 years ago

    Beautiful interview, I love the organic and rustic quality of your work.

  • shoptsarevna

    shoptsarevna from PulseVintage said 5 years ago

    wow!! I love your work simplicity, organic , with quality. congrats!

  • bedouin

    Nicole from Crackerjackarma said 5 years ago

    Great reading ~ Beautiful inside and out

  • BeSomethingNew

    Jill from BeSomethingNew said 5 years ago

    so cool!!

  • clipandpin

    Sarah Collins from ClipAndPin said 5 years ago

    You have some amazing stuff! I really enjoy the earthy neutral look throughout a home, it gives it a real cozy feel!

  • rmlippert01

    Rebecca Lippert from TheEsthete said 5 years ago

    Wow. Wonderful feature, wonderful shop! I'm gonna have to favorite it!

  • warnellcreations

    warnellcreations from warnellcreations said 5 years ago

    I love your work and your comment about being "a good environmental steward".

  • bhangtiez

    Jana from bhangtiez said 5 years ago

    Wow! Inspiring story! Love the organic craftmanship.

  • christinescornershop

    Christine Pacheco from christinescornershop said 5 years ago

    My favorite is the side table also! wonderful that you realize the importance of using the smaller pieces that don't normally get used, that's awesome.

  • Overdue

    Kiova Staley from joyridevintage said 5 years ago

    Your shift from corporate yes man to conscious furniture dude is inspirational! It sounds like the transition really put you in touch with what matters and what is real, thank you for your contribution to conscious consumption--may you be ridiculously successful!

  • FAIRYTALE13

    Penny Ireland Marks from FAIRYTALE13 said 5 years ago

    Congrats on FS - beautiful work x happy etsying to all x

  • PrincessofPatterns

    Sarah Jane from PrincessofPatterns said 5 years ago

    This shop has AMAZING things. I've ordered from them a few times and even have a custom bookshelf!!! Their customer service is outstanding. Congrats Bruce!!

  • JasmineLund

    Hannah Jasmine Tucker from TheMiddleButton said 5 years ago

    Wow, your story is so beautiful. I love the confident humility you've reached. Congratulations on the feature! Blessings on you, your family, and your shop! Hannah Jasmine

  • DianaMDesigns

    DianaMDesigns from DianaMDesigns said 5 years ago

    I love your work! Congrats!

  • LookAgainVintage

    Susan from LookAgainVintage said 5 years ago

    Beautiful creations, inspiring attitude - loved reading your story! Congratulations on your much deserved Feature!

  • silverbranchhome

    Shannon O'Shaughnessy from silverbranchhome said 5 years ago

    Your work is amazing! I love your shop! Congrats and the best of luck to you!!

  • lovelyfeverboutique

    Jessica from LovelyFever said 5 years ago

    I really loved reading this Featured Seller article and learning about the craftsman behind The Design Pallet. He had a lot of very thoughtful responses to the interview questions, especially in regards to how he gets to lessen the environmental impact his business has by using salvaged materials. The woodwork is very beautiful and I personally love the organic, natural look.

  • KnitFrekkles

    Nichola from LittleMoscowandCo said 5 years ago

    Big congratulations Bruce, fantastic interview too!

  • oktak

    Aki from oktak said 5 years ago

    Awesome interview, Bruce. Very inspiring. This sentence especially resonated with me: "I also care a lot about being a good guest, and as long as I’m passing through, I’d like to do as little harm to the planet as possible". Congrats!!

  • sunkissedhighways

    Noel Tambour from sunkissedhighways said 5 years ago

    beautiful!

  • sonyarasi

    Sonya Rasi from sonyarasi said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congratulations on the feature!

  • ErinAntiques

    Erin from ErinAntiques said 5 years ago

    Love your story and your beautiful work :)

  • gardenmis

    Priscilla from Gardenmis said 5 years ago

    A beautiful interview ~ I love your creations! Congratulations on being FS + best wishes for your future!

  • 88editions

    88editions Kelly T from 88editions said 5 years ago

    Bruce I'm no fully in love with you--don't tell my husband! Brave Bruce--leaving corporate to follow his dream and tread lightly while making beauty! Don't tell him! I love you ! Hugs, Kel

  • NicNicDesign

    Nicole Grinstead from NicNicDesigns said 5 years ago

    that side table with the hairpin legs, heart heart heart keep it up Bruce!!

  • BeadtrissLane

    Krista Kirk from BeadtrissLane said 5 years ago

    You have beautiful items! Congrats on the feature!! ~Krista

  • SBuss

    Sherri from BurninLoveJewelry said 5 years ago

    How exciting for you to be featured! Congratulations you do amazing work! Much success to you!

  • SBuss

    Sherri from BurninLoveJewelry said 5 years ago

    That's so exciting to be featured! Congratulations you do amazing work! Much success to you!

  • kaffeekatze

    Kannis from KaffeeKatze said 5 years ago

    love it! congrats!

  • ThePattypanShop

    ThePattypanShop from ThePattypanShop said 5 years ago

    Creative and Beautiful!!! Congrats!

  • coldcreekbrewing

    Super Awesome from coldcreekbrewing said 5 years ago

    Your work is extraordinary!!! Also, extremely beautiful photos and wonderfully written! You're obviously a man of many talents! Congrats & Cheers on a well deserved feature!!!!

  • lucytaylordesigns

    Lucy Taylor from lucytaylordesigns said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring, I love the simplicity of both your designs and design ethic. Good luck with everything you do :)

  • windycitynovelties

    Windy City Novelties said 5 years ago

    I give you a lot of credit. Not many people can quit their normal everyday job they have become so accustomed to with a steady paycheck for a job they truly love with an unsure income every week. I admire that. You are truly talented. All of your items are beautiful and you tell such a great story about the pieces and making sure they stay true to their form. Great job!

  • prunellasoap

    Janell Anderson from prunellasoap said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous work, thanks for sharing with us!

  • msbibliotecaria

    Adriana the Librarian from labiblioteca said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous work!! Congrats on the FS!! :)

  • kristinasmiley

    Kristina Smiley from CreativeEndeavorsKS said 5 years ago

    Beautiful pieces!!

  • ArtByKristin

    Kristin from CarriageOakCottage said 5 years ago

    "And even if it never sells, that is just fine by me." ---You have a great attitude! Although, I am very sure it will sell! Beautiful work, congrats on the feature! Wishing you continued success. :)

  • redtilestudio

    Amber and Darleen from redtilestudio said 5 years ago

    Congrats Bruce!

  • KARozWoodworking

    KARozWoodworking from Rozemake said 5 years ago

    Great work and shop! ....and kudos to Etsy for another woodworking feature!

  • inapigsear

    Maria Corey from sowsearjewels said 5 years ago

    Your work is gorgeous and I really love your approach to business and life. Congratulations on the feature!

  • thevicagirl

    VaLon Frandsen from thevicagirl said 5 years ago

    It is such work that you do. I have been loving wood projects as of late, and yours don't disapoint. Keep up the good work.

  • RippleEffectPhoto

    Adva Ringle from OneRipplePhotography said 5 years ago

    I totally agree about being a conscious consumer! Every community can be impacted for better or worse, so isn't it better to be curios about what you buy, from whom you buy it, and how the materials were sourced? As a small business you have the wonderful opportunity to choose your materials in a responsible way, to promote your community and have an impact. Seems like a great way to promote a healthy environment, and be a responsible business owner. Lots of luck in the future!

  • HomesteadingRoasters

    HomesteadingRoasters from HomesteadingRoasters said 5 years ago

    Hooray! So good to see you here. What a nice article to accompany your beautiful shop.

  • 2SmartCats

    Stephanie from 2SmartCats said 5 years ago

    Simplistic, beautiful and timeless! Your story is inspirational. Thanks for sharing!

  • StudioHR

    Holly from StudioHR said 5 years ago

    Lovely article and great work Bruce!

  • jewelsbymoon

    moon from jewelsbymoon said 5 years ago

    Rustic Beauty! congrats on feature and good luck!

  • JeJeweled

    Jema Watts from BadgeShack said 5 years ago

    Beautiful craftmanship. Just stunning in every way. Congratulations on being the featured seller. Well deserved.

  • illbeyarned

    Deb from illbeyarned said 5 years ago

    Great article! Very well spoken, awesome message and beautiful creations. Continued success to you! ps-I will be in your city in 2 days. It will be my first trip there as my son just changed jobs as a video game designer. I'm super excited to see your gorgeous neck of the woods :)

  • peifferStudios

    Brooke from xRESEEDx said 5 years ago

    Yay Bruce!! Congratulations! I've told you before and I'll tell you again... gorgeous, thoughtful work. I'm inspired.

  • PipingHotPapers

    Alice Johnson from PipingHotPapers said 5 years ago

    I love your designs -- so natural! My favorite type of decorating!

  • CamilleMontgomery

    Camille M. from CamilleMDesigns said 5 years ago

    Congrats my friend! Beautiful work as always. And thank you.

  • sarahknightdesign

    Sarah Knight from CuteLittleNursery said 5 years ago

    Awesome! Such great designs-- so creative and simple. Congratulations on your success:)

  • PIGandFiSH

    Deb Gill from PIGandFiSH said 5 years ago

    What an inspiration you are Bruce! Not only was it great to get a glimpse into your studio, but to see the thought processes behind what you create was really uplifting. I love the sort of questions you ask yourself about the end use of the product during the design process - really connects what you create with the people who will live with them. But how lovely to finally put a face to the talented artist behind the work - a well deserved feature. Congratulations!!

  • genisepark

    Genise Park from genisepark said 5 years ago

    Beautiful, sleek, modern. Great job.

  • seaandasters

    seaandasters from seaandasters said 5 years ago

    Amazing! Loved reading your interview. Congratulations Bruce!

  • AnnealedHeart

    Amanda from AnnealedHeart said 5 years ago

    Love, love, love this feature- one of my favorites!! Fantastic work, and that side table is amazing! You are definitely a "good guest"... thoughtful in design and production (and completely adorable to boot). ;) Best of luck and continued success!

  • AlisaDesign

    Alisa from AlisaDesign said 5 years ago

    Fantastic!!!

  • HighPointFarm2010

    HighPointFarm2010 from HighPointFarm2010 said 5 years ago

    I love your words "I let the wood speak to me." that is a true artist in my opinion! Beautiful things!

  • RubyStudios

    Jessi from jadekudzuArt said 5 years ago

    Bruce, thank you for opening up and sharing your story with us. Hope it gives you a nice push. Love your philosophy and attitude. Creator and creation both easy on the eyes! Your work is smooth and clean and I can see how you allowed the wood to tell you what it wanted to become.

  • lousknittingroom

    Linda from lousknittingroom said 5 years ago

    My powers been out... when I got back on line I was so thrilled to see you as the Featured Shop!!! You know I love your products!! The interview was fantastic!! Huge Congrats Bruce!!!

  • milocreativestudios

    milocreativestudios from MiloCreativeStudios said 5 years ago

    Congrats! Your work is beautiful!

  • darioushka

    Ayelet Cohen-guzik from darioushka said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work!! I love it!

  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX said 5 years ago

    :) this is exactly what i call perfect design - simple shapes in harmony w. the material. really wowsome <3

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said 5 years ago

    Awesome work!

  • hensfeathers

    donna from hensfeathers said 5 years ago

    Really beautiful pieces, shop and philosophy. Inspiring. Good luck with the shop.

  • craftluxuries

    Irene plaka from craftluxuries said 5 years ago

    super craftmanship! I already adore your shop!

  • tamilopez

    Tami Lopez from TamiLopezDesigns said 5 years ago

    A wonderful glimpse into your story. I enjoyed this feature very much. Love your work! Best to you!!!

  • helenbobelen

    Helen Lee from helenbobelen said 5 years ago

    Beautiful woods, beautiful work. Congratulations!

  • GoldenSpiralDesigns

    Lola Ocian from GoldenSpiralDesigns said 5 years ago

    "Earthy" is okay - way okay. I love it when my materials "speak to me". It happens a lot with tattooing - some of my best work happens when I look at a person's skin and draw directly on them. It's as if the images just emerge from the flesh itself; as if it were there all along and I'm just bringing it out. Keep it up, beautiful work for sure!

  • ylbb

    Jen & Gigi from ylbb said 5 years ago

    Congrats!

  • LisasLittleCreations

    Lisa Aldrich from LisasLittleCreations said 5 years ago

    awesome! your shop is so cool. congrats. :)

  • nancynelsonjewelry

    Nancy from nancynelsonjewelry said 5 years ago

    This might be one of my favorite interviews. You can feel your love of your work through your words. Great job! You work is amazing!

  • libertinetacoma

    Libertine Tacoma from LibertineTacoma said 5 years ago

    Beautiful and thoughtful creations! You do amazing work and i am so happy to have found you! Congrats and enjoy all of the beauty you create for the rest of us! Thank you for doing what you do so well!

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 5 years ago

    I love your creativity and beautiful works of functional art. Congrats. ♥

  • claritackim

    claritackim from claritackim said 5 years ago

    posted two of my favorites on pinterest :)

  • BlueMoonLights

    Alexandra Simons from BlueMoonLights said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work! You have a great approach to everything and your work reflects your connection to the material. Congrats!!!!

  • theheirloomaddict

    theheirloomaddict from TheHeirloomAddict said 5 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading about your design process. Thank you for sharing and doing what the folks in the PNW do best..create and make wonderful things!

  • LOVEnLAVISH

    LOVEnLAVISH from LOVEnLAVISH said 5 years ago

    I love your shop and you have beautiful items. I want those book ends! Congrats on the feature!

  • Banglespark

    Banglespark from Banglespark said 5 years ago

    Wow, will you marry me?

  • quiettimejewelry

    Jenna Smith from QuietTimeJewelry said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work, words and deeds. Congrats to you!

  • LeasaMarie

    Leasa from LeasaDesigns said 5 years ago

    Really nice & earthy- love your stuff!! Yup- you always feel better by doing what you love everyday - as most of us here at etsy can agree too! nice!

  • uniquefabricgifts

    Unique Fabric Gifts from uniquefabricgifts said 5 years ago

    Love the interview! Wonderful work! Congratulations on the feature!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Great work! Congrats!

  • gleneagle

    Andrew Coupland from gleneagle said 5 years ago

    Love your stuff!

  • Gahatto

    Gahatto Art from Gahattoart said 5 years ago

    Congrats on the interview! Love the article bravo :-)

  • laughingturtlestudio

    julie grasso from laughingturtlestudio said 5 years ago

    LOVE YOUR WORK !!! :)

  • JillianReneDecor

    Jillian Carmine from JillianReneDecor said 5 years ago

    Congratulations, Bruce! Your passion and design philosophy shines in your work. Great feature!

  • ruthannhiner

    Ruthann Hiner from ruthannhiner said 5 years ago

    Love your work and your attitude - both are very inspiring. Thanks.

  • belou492

    Tina Dorn-Weaver from belou492 said 5 years ago

    First off: congrats on the feature! Second: Beautiful work! I am also impressed that you want to tread lightly on the planet while you're here. I feel the exact same way. You're very talented, best of luck to you on Etsy!

  • LovelySeason

    June from LovelySeason said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! I really love your work and your concept! Simply beautiful! Just like their creator :) I love that side table a lot! Would definitely buy your furniture! Keep up the good work!

  • kateemarie

    Katie from KateeMarie said 5 years ago

    beautiful work!

  • opendoorstudio

    Martha Layton Smith from opendoorstudio said 5 years ago

    You and Mother Nature... what a team!

  • kathiroussel

    kathi roussel from kathiroussel said 5 years ago

    love your fresh modern designs! so much integrity and simple beauty-- a mighty combination! you have a natural affinity for the wood... congrats on your wonderful work, for finding a satisfying way to live and for the well deserved feature!

  • rivahside

    rivahside said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous, beautiful workmanship.

  • deodorantshop

    Deodorant Shop from deodorantshop said 5 years ago

    Nice feature and love your work ~ congrats!

  • fbstudiovt

    Laura Hale from FoundBeautyStudioArt said 5 years ago

    Aw jeebus, this is the third thing today that has mentioned being able to ask for help. I guess I need to take a page from the book of great artisans like Bruce and start asking for help and collaboration from the brilliant artists in my area. Thanks for the karmic kick in the bum :)

  • manzanitakids

    David and Adrienne from manzanitakids said 5 years ago

    We love your work! Congratulations on your feature!

  • busybonniebee

    Bonnie Becker from busybonniebee said 5 years ago

    I thought maybe it was going to be a bible that was really a block of wood. Which is not a bad marketing idea, wood man. I love how your motivation and inspiration came about, and great work!

  • MockingbirdCreek

    Marilyn Anne from MockingbirdCreek said 5 years ago

    Beautiful workmanship! I love your philosophy of intentional living & kindness to the planet. It was interesting to read about your journey of personal growth.... congratulations on being featured, and on finding a way to do what you love!

  • TheIndianPaperForest

    Suzanne Furtado from TheIndianPaperForest said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured, Bruce :) Well deserved, love your clean and crisp sense of design and absolutely love the fact that your focus is using wood's innate beauty and making environment-conscious choices all the way. Wishing you continued success, joy and inspiration ~ Suzanne

  • glusk

    Tara Galuska from GluskDesigns said 5 years ago

    I can't stop sighing over how beautiful your work is. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • celineandkate

    cindy from celineandkate said 5 years ago

    congrats! i never had a doubt. beautiful well deserve feature!

  • SkywardDesigns

    analiese from SkywardDesigns said 5 years ago

    Great interview! "I try to find the best thing made by the best person because that’s how I want people to find me." So nice to hear people can be successful with this mindset

  • GloriousGirlJewelry

    Lisa from GloriousGirlJewelry said 5 years ago

    So wonderful and inspiring to see a fellow artist from the beautiful Puget Sound area!...your intuitive nature & caring sensibilities are enlightening, and only seem to enhance your careful craftmanship - and I couldn't help but be smitten by the gorgeous photography as well - CONGRATS on this feature!

  • italiacraft

    italiacraft from italiacraft said 5 years ago

    Love the craftmanship and the diversity of your work. Congrats on your feature!

  • ccdoodle

    christy chung from ccdoodle said 5 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading your interview. Your passion and enthusiasm really came through with your wood work. Keep up the great work!

  • BubbleFestival

    C Choi from BubbleFestival said 5 years ago

    Great article! Environment friendly rocks! Love your works :)

  • sweetbeadstudio

    sweetbeadstudio from sweetbeadstudio said 5 years ago

    What a great interview - and so inspiring! Your work is really beautiful and I can see the pride and craftsmanship. Thanks for sharing your story and your designs.

  • PeriDotbyDuni

    Duni from PeriDotbyDuni said 5 years ago

    Beautiful pieces! I also used to work in the corporate world, so I totally understand about wanting to connect with your work. Much success to you - you deserve it!

  • Yaloo

    Yaloo from Yaloo said 5 years ago

    VEry nice!

  • FeltFamily

    Ginta from FeltFamily said 5 years ago

    All ingenious is simple. Thank you and good luck!

  • Bellabisinia

    Debbie Mekonnen from Bellabisinia said 5 years ago

    Great interiew! love everything about it, amazing craftsmanship, clean work and great pictures. Best wishes and many happy sales. Your are amzing.

  • TwistedTinkers

    Marla McCoy from TwistedTinkers said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature! And, thank you for sharing your very positive philosophy with the rest of us. Your work is fabulous! Best Wishes - xx M : )

  • FebystanDesigns

    Febystan from Febystan said 5 years ago

    Love your work & your mind! "Being a good guest" in the world (not just for environment, but in every aspect of life) really touches me! All the best for you and The Design Pallet!

  • soap

    soap from soap said 5 years ago

    I am sooooo ecstatic Etsy featured you, Bruce! Great philosophy. Keep creating your beautiful work :)

  • irismiller

    Iris Miller from SimplyAbundantLife said 5 years ago

    Trees are God's workmanship...Some of us have the Joy to infuse our Gifts he has given us into the wood! This certainly is seen in your rugged, raw, and radiant work! Be well & keep on:-) ~SimplyAbundantLife Apothecary

  • ericawalker

    Erica Walker from WalkerSilverworks said 5 years ago

    "a good guest", such a lovely sentiment.

  • BiscuitHead

    Carolyn Hinely from LuvOfMine said 5 years ago

    I love your work! Such a great article

  • soveryhappyart

    Diane from soveryhappyart said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • silke5763

    Silke Jordan from howcroftjordanwork said 5 years ago

    Thanks - fantastic article!! Every word so close to my heart - loving wood is just amazing - and your approach is very fulfilling. We love wood, too; it is wonderful to see your way of working it... All the best!

  • TheCrochetCafe

    Meg from TheCrochetCafe said 5 years ago

    Beuatiful work, congratulations :)

  • Womensgirl

    Womensgirl from Womensgirl said 5 years ago

    Great work :-)

  • maaretsinkko

    maaret sinkko from maaretsinkko said 5 years ago

    love it love it love it.

  • AislingKiernan

    Aisling Kiernan from AislingKiernan said 5 years ago

    I just love your work, particularly as you have honored the original tree by letting its beauty shine through. I also love the fact that you are making use of the smaller pieces that others may have just thrown away. Inspiring.

  • RenataandJonathan

    Renata and Jonathan from RenataandJonathan said 5 years ago

    Excellent work, great story !

  • portobello

    portobello from ORNENT said 5 years ago

    love your work. beautiful designs. congrats!!!

  • sarahalise

    Sarah from ShopLovelyJane said 5 years ago

    You make such beautiful pieces! Your story has me longing to start woodworking again. All the best to you and your shop.

  • FancyFeetBoutique

    Bee Boutique from FancyFeetBoutique said 5 years ago

    Wonderful! Your work is beautiful! Congratulations on your success! bee :)

  • HolmesandWatson

    Jenni and Jessi Obloy from HolmesandWatson said 5 years ago

    Great interview, and what a brilliant shop! Congratulation on the feature!

  • HolmesandWatson

    Jenni and Jessi Obloy from HolmesandWatson said 5 years ago

    Congratulations*

  • Hapagirls

    Elan from HapaGirls said 5 years ago

    Awesome interview! Very Inspirational !!!

  • just4theartofit

    Steve Nicholson from just4theartofit said 5 years ago

    Nice work! Congrats on the feature!

  • needlenerd

    Bonnie from needlenerd said 5 years ago

    gorgeous pieces! congrats!

  • Ohiowa

    Nan from Ohiowa said 5 years ago

    Thank you for your beautiful work, especially the wood with "character" and your thoughtful statement.

  • peasantandraven

    Jeff and Becky Thomas from PeasantAndRaven said 5 years ago

    Well done!! Great read and wonderful shop. I love the part about a comfortable spot to put your shoes on in the morning. I actually have a piece of furniture where I put my shoes on in the morning. Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us.

  • vegasblingrocks

    Judy Murphy from vegasblingrocks said 5 years ago

    WOW! Test tube spice racks ..... how original. I never would have thought of that, so clever. I saved all small plastic see-through containers that were previously used in my baking supplies and they now hold tiny jewelry beads. I cant stand throwing anything away because eventually you'll find a re-purpose. You have such ingenuity, CONGRATS!

  • TossedTreasures

    Amber Lee from TossedTreasures said 5 years ago

    Love this! My fiance is also a woodworker and your philosophy on your craft reminds me so much of his. He is a wood restorer so he finds things that are junk and turns them new again, while you take raw material and make something useful. Love this, thank you for sharing

  • vegasblingrocks

    Judy Murphy from vegasblingrocks said 5 years ago

    WOW! Test tube spice racks .... I never would have thought of something so clever! I cant stand throwing away seemingly useful items either. I saved a bunch of used small see-though plastic bottles from my baking supplies not knowing what they could be used for. But now, a year later, they are so perfect for my tiny beads storage. Congratulations on your very interesting story. You have much ingenuity!

  • juliegarland

    Julie Garland from juliegarland said 5 years ago

    Big congrats on a well-deserved feature!! I love your shop!

  • artisansgalleria

    artisansgalleria from artisansgalleria said 5 years ago

    Simple, but yet beautiful. Love your work. Congratulations.

  • UrbanTickle

    Ankita from UrbanTickle said 5 years ago

    Hi, I am already a fan of this shop and you owe me a listing! :) haha... Congratulations on your feature, love every piece in your shop.

  • annyschoo

    anny schoo from linenclothingbyanny said 5 years ago

    wonderful work indeed! Congrats!

  • YellowBugBoutique

    Cindy and Randy Green from YellowBugBoutique said 5 years ago

    I love how you let the beauty and the nature of the wood guide your designs. Well deserved featured seller!

  • Ridgevales

    Lindsay from SweetThreesBoutique said 5 years ago

    Great items Bruce! Classic and simple! Congrats!

  • SoulSeeds

    Laurie Abela from SoulSeeds said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous tables! Great story and work aesthetic. Congratulations!

  • Auntiesoapworts

    Auntiesoapworts from BrackenfernCottage said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. "elegant simplicity" is truly you. I'm making a copy of this for my husband to read. He is rethinking his corporate world and desiring a huge change as well. You have opened many pathways with your refreshing truthfulness. thanks a million.

  • EcoShag

    Tania Hillberg from EcoShag said 5 years ago

    Bruce!!!! Super happy for you....this is such a well deserved feature. :)

  • divinalocura

    Maril from DivinaLocura said 5 years ago

    i really like and appreciate your green decision about furniture design! keep the hard work!

  • TerraNovaJewelry

    Linda from TerraNovaJewelry said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. Your story and thought processes are awe-inspiring. And so goes our future, as more people wake up to following their dreams and hearts, and to caring about the planet. And you're a cutie on top of it all : ) Best of luck and lots of happiness to you : )

  • kalyxcraftopia

    kalyxcraftopia from kalyxcraftopia said 5 years ago

    Lovely goodies and story :)

  • SuzannaMartirosyan

    Suzanna from SuzannaMDesigns said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work!! Congratulations!!

  • texturable

    Claudia Rosillo from texturable said 5 years ago

    I love everything!!! So nice works!!!

  • jewelsvine

    Jules Vine from jewelsvine said 5 years ago

    Wonderful to see some quality in the featured seller spot for a change! Congrats on being featured seller!

  • eclectivist

    Kasia from Eclectivist said 5 years ago

    Fantastic work Bruce, best of luck!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 from breadandroses2 said 5 years ago

    Best cameo and featured seller in a long, long time. Thanks for recharging my batteries with such a fresh, positive outlook. Your work really resonates with me.

  • TheOldTimeJunkShop

    Tim from TheOldTimeJunkShop said 5 years ago

    Great work! the old time junk shop

  • BlueBunnynOrangeNose

    Heidi MacInytre from BlueBunnynOrangeNose said 5 years ago

    Beautiful! I love your story and I couldn't agree more. I wish you much success!

  • jerushad

    Tess from JerushadVintage said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring piece. A symbiotic relationship between maker and material is paramount to creating positive change in the world (not to mention for the maker). We are all just guests on this beautiful planet~ thanks for reminding us to be mindful and take less.

  • sofiatrinker

    Sofia Sanchez from Dedosen2 said 5 years ago

    I found this article really emotional, it is just admirable how you connect with your materials, finished product and environment... CONGRATS!!!

  • ABlindCat

    ABlindCat from ABlindCat said 5 years ago

    Awesome man.

  • mlapinig

    MCKL from GUGMA said 5 years ago

    Inspiring, and I love your work. To more success!

  • masonke

    masonke from masonke said 5 years ago

    You're very talented!

  • sergklim

    Serg Klim from sergklim said 5 years ago

    Good for you! Excellent work!

  • buttagal

    LC from cafedebutta said 5 years ago

    awesome woodwork!

  • WhiteRabbit7

    Chelsea from SevenWhiteRabbits said 5 years ago

    Congrats Bruce! Lovely and thoughtful interview, just like your shop :)

  • WestAstheCrowFlies

    Kay West from WestAstheCrowFlies said 5 years ago

    Excellent design and function, excellent attitude! Easy to see why your art touches so many viewers. We all long for re-connection with nature and simplicity. Thanks for sharing!

  • PCanPotter

    Phyllis Canupp from PCanPotter said 5 years ago

    Clean, simple, elegant. Lovely. tt team

  • pumpedonpaper

    kay o. from pumpedonpaper said 5 years ago

    beautiful work, great story & shop -- love the simplicity and nice clean lines of your pieces. every work of art is a direct reflection of just how passionate you are for what you do. thank you for the inspiration Bruce -- job well done!

  • redhardwick

    Jen Hardwick from redhardwick said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • jpgphotography

    Julie from BokehEverAfter said 5 years ago

    That hairpin table is pretty awesome, congrats on a well deserved feature ^_^

  • CardTales

    Judith Perkel from CardTales said 5 years ago

    I love the feel and smell of wood! I love that you remember the tree, when creating. Congrats on a beautiful story.

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  • agalfrommars

    Michelle said 5 years ago

    Beautiful story. Decor and furniture is lovely. Handsome designer, too.

  • imogenskyefreeman

    Imogen Skye Freeman from InkPaintings said 5 years ago

    Bold, strong, stable, and with a clear purpose; every artist makes his self-portrait in every piece. I felt really happy and refreshed reading your article and seeing your work. Thank you for sharing your gift with the world, Bruce. :)

  • photographicloot

    Jennifer Johnson from BelleFoto said 5 years ago

    Love, love, love!

  • Rebelhooks

    Tera RebelHooks from RebelHooks said 4 years ago

    Very inspiring story and great design. I love the clear, simple lines and wood colors. I also agree with your eco philosophy! Great interview!

  • pinkparachute

    Patricia K from PatricianPrints said 4 years ago

    I always love reading stories about people who quit their ho-hum jobs to pursue their dreams. thank you for using salvaged wood and honoring the trees that they once were. Glad to have found your shop here on Etsy.. best of luck to your new biz!

  • GoldenScribbles

    GoldenScribbles from GoldenScribbles said 4 years ago

    Really enjoyed reading this, you seem very honest and hardworking - keep up the good work and all the best with sales. Aurelia

  • RECCIEatETSY

    Clarice Booth from RECCIEatETSY said 4 years ago

    Wonderful pieces. I do like the side table with the hairpin legs very much. it is reminiscent of Mid Century Modern which is my style passion. Wishing you continued success. Blessings.

  • gescate

    Gino Escate from Gygante said 4 years ago

    Very inspiring design!

  • Edvsf

    Ed Fox from VSFInteriorsandWoodw said 4 years ago

    Hi bruce , your work looks great! I operate a one man shop in Vermont and I'm considering esty. Have you had a good experience selling furniture on esty or have your found its the smaller items that sell more so then the furniture ? Thanks Ed@ V.S.F Interiors & Woodworks

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