Years ago a friend commissioned a jewelry box from Christopher Beidel of Pernt in Brooklyn. At the time and still today, it was easily one of the most beautifully crafted wood objects I’d ever seen. It had a clean minimal look that was totally unique and screamed craftsmanship.
So when I got the chance to visit Christopher Beidel at Pernt to see what he’s working on, I jumped at the chance. After a stint working with This Old House, he’s back in the shop working on making more beautiful furniture and objects like the jewelry box.
Beidel’s shop is filled with reclaimed wood “harvested” from job sites around Brooklyn, and beautiful pieces of walnut which came from the area he grew up in Pennsylvania. Beidel has a huge stash of fir he uses for many projects his lowboy (pictured above).
Aside from the tables and storage pieces he’s made over the last five or so years, Beidel says he really wants to make a chair. If his other pieces are any indication, it will be a little modern with classic lines and construction. “A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll,” he says with a laugh. I couldn’t be more excited to see it.