Summer Love

Summer Love

Summer Love

June/July 2013 issue of American Craft magazine
Author Staff
Mediums Furniture Fiber
Beca Lewis Skeels and Doug Switalski, Wooden Shades

Beca Lewis Skeels and Doug Switalski, wooden shades. Photo: Courtesy of Bourbon & Boots

Tumbleweeds Handcraft
Beca Lewis Skeels and Doug Switalski transform generic plastic sunglasses into one-of-a-kind wooden shades. Applying domestic and exotic hardwood veneers creates fades, stratifications, and other cool visual effects.

Ina Grau
This Minneapolis-based boutique shoe company handcrafts its classic footwear in Colombia and the United States. The Gomez is made from leather (upper and outsole) and synthetic (midsole), in limited sizes and quantities – a comfortable handmade shoe for summer travels.

Babb Leatherworks
This handsome leather luggage is hand-stitched by Trevor Babb in Santa Cruz, California. It’s made from quality materials – a single cut of oil-tanned leather, brass hardware, heavy waxed-linen thread, with a heavy-duty zipper – to last for a lifetime of adventures.

Phloem Studio
Solid construction is paired with blue seat-belt webbing and ash for supportive and comfortable seating. The Nadine Lounge was designed and built by siblings Jessica Klebba and Phloem Studio founder Ben Klebba in Portland, Oregon. They named it after their mother.

This Detroit-based company is revitalizing the classic Shinola brand, made famous by its shoe polish. Their made-in-America offerings include high-end watches, journals, and leather goods, but their Runwell bicycles are true works of art. The frames are built in small batches at Waterford Precision Cycles in Wisconsin, and the bikes are individually assembled and tuned at Shinola’s Detroit workshop, which shares space with the College for Creative Studies.

Circa Ceramics
These colorful ceramic nesting bowls range from 3 to 5 inches in diameter and are designed to save storage space without sacrificing style. The Urban Set is handmade by Andy Witt and Nancy Pizarro in their Chicago studio. They’re food-safe, and can go in your microwave or dishwasher, too.