Jonathan Jung

Designer /// Woodworker

When in the shop, Jonathan is always looking to blend form and function. "I love making something so useable, that even if it looks too nice to use, you'll end up using it anyway."

More than ever it's important to buy smartly, and that generally means buying local. Jonathan goes out of his way to source materials from countries and manufacturers that share a concern for ecological and economical stability.

The woods Jonathan uses are primarily N. American and responsibly-sourced. His finishing products are made in Germany, cabinet and door hardware come from the USA, Austria, and Italy, and he's equally choosy about where his tools come from.

"My father demonstrated to me how to teach myself. He would tackle any project, never wanted to do something twice, and rarely gave up. To him I owe my love of building."

Since as long as he can remember, Jonathan gravitated towards making things. At 6, he and his dad overhauled his bicycle. By 10 he had his own saws. Throughout his youth he wired his parents basement, performed motor swaps on vintage BMWs, and built custom bikes in Germany. Wood, metal, plastic, fabric, and leather - he enjoys variety.

"But as a kid, people discouraged me away from being a professional woodworker. This turned out to be just fine, though." Jonathan pursued other things such as music in Hungary, got a BA in Strategic Communications, and worked in bikeshop management in California, New Zealand, and Kansas. His love for all manner of styles, from Sam Maloof to Japanese Shoji, is definitely a result of so much travel.

"I'm glad for all those adventures, yet am grateful for being able to return to my roots, and create full-time."

Jonathan officially started his carpentry career in New Zealand, when asked to completely gut and renovate a friend's house. During that time he was inspired to pursue detail-orientated woodworking as it pertains to remodeling, such as trim installations. So when he and his wife relocated to the US, Jonathan continued developing his skills as a finish carpenter, cabinet maker, and restorer.

Tanya, his wife, is also an artist, and has artwork in businesses, homes, and numerous stores. Her work can be seen her: