Posts tagged Maker Profiles
A Day on the Farm with Island Creek Oysters

Back when Bennett started seeding Duxbury Bay with oysters in the early 90s, he was warned it was a bad idea. Now some twenty years later, with a booming oyster farm, two restaurants in Boston, an e-commerce business and a foundation committed to creating sustainable aquaculture projects around the world, Skip Bennet’s idea doesn’t seem so laughable.

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Looking Back: Eight Months of Makers

I launched this blog eight months ago with a pretty simple idea: I wanted to document a new group of craftsmen, artisans and creative entrepreneurs often referred to as makers, and celebrate their work in the process. It’s been amazing. 

For now, I wanted to share a few of my favorite photos from the last eight months. They are, for whatever reason, the images I like and appreciate. I hope you do as well. 

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Shop Visit: Pensa

Pensa means “think” in Italian, which couldn’t be more fitting for a company responsible for producing such thoughtful designs. I recently got to visit their Dumbo shop to see their entry in the Oregon Manifest bike design competition and see their work space as well. 

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Studio Visit: Outlier

If there’s one brand that epitomizes new manufacturing in Brooklyn, it’s Outlier. The Williamsburg-based company started out by trying to solve a critical problem: a lack of a functional bike commuting clothes. And now Outlier has grown into a web-savvy retailer that designs their own highly-technical fabrics for super functional clothes that make people’s lives better, mainly by making bike commuting more comfortable.  

Launched in 2008, Outlier has now expanded beyond making shirts and pants to shorts, outerwear, blazers and more, but they’ve stayed true to their core belief that clothes have to perform on the bike, and off. And today they launched the Shank Jacket, a new take on the classic denim jacket.

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Shop Visit: Pernt

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 recently 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. 

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Man & Machine: Staying Power Lessons From Mer Bags

When Rob Nelson started Mer Bags some fourteen years ago, there was no Facebook, no social media and the web was just sort of picking up steam for small businesses. Now of course things have changed.

I visited Mer Bags headquarters in Brooklyn to see what it takes to establish serious staying power. 

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