Add design talent to that skillset and you've got a formidable combination, one that ought give you a leg up on your furniture design competition. Here's the latest example: Furniture design prodigy and shipwrighting-trained Nathie Katzoff, who at the tender age of 28 already runs his own company, Seattle-based NK Woodworking | Design, and has a host of design awards under his belt.
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What I found most interesting is that Katzoff is interested in reinstating the old-world master craftsperson and apprenticeship system we touched on here. As he states in the company's mission statement,
A century ago craftsmanship was highly valued. Master woodworkers built staircases that were the centerpiece of homes, crafted furniture that were works of art, and used time-honored joinery techniques to hand shape the wood. But over time our society has become a throwaway culture where stairs are put together like Legos out of cheap stock parts from China and furniture is mass-produced and not expected to last.
The intention of NKW is to do the exact opposite. We are a team of passionate woodworkers and craftsman, all pulling together to create truly spectacular work. We create functional art that will last generations.