|Knife & Saw is the home of furniture and other objects designed and made by myself, Chris Brigham.
I spent my entire adult life working as a Graphic Designer, all along wishing I was making more with my hands. I always imagined I would be an architect when I was younger because I was nerdy enough to enjoy the math and science portion of school while also being really interested in art. Well, when college came around I decided instead to get a degree in Fine Art, with an emphasis in Photography from the University of California, Santa Barbara. After graduation, my wife and I ended up moving up to the Bay Area and I landed a job as a Graphic Designer for one of the many doomed dot-coms of the time.
Many years later, after working for a start-up or two, the amazing yet ill-fated Design Magazine-ONE, a small web company named Google, and with an extremely talented group of people at Factor Design, I found myself still yearning to make more tangible objects. So I decided to turn my garage into a wood shop and start building. With that, Knife & Saw was born.
After some time designing and building on my own, I decided I could benefit from finding someone to apprentice under and learn, both from a design and business perspective. I was lucky enough to find this person in Derek Chen of Council Design. While apprenticing for Derek, I designed The Bike Shelf. I was very fortunate to have it gain some attention and I started receiving orders. With this, I needed to officially branch out on my own, find a space and try to figure out how to make a living doing this. Not having a formal education in furniture design, I found myself learning a lot along the way, but almost always figuring it out in the end. I have a knack for reverse engineering and willingness to fail miserably, both of which I think help a lot.
My aim for Knife & Saw is to be a place where people can both find quality handmade furniture staples, as well as hopefully smart solutions to everyday annoyances or problems.
Please contact me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also check out my other design work at http://www.welovegargantua.com if you have any Graphic Design needs.