Member Spotlight: Straight Line Designs

Posted by Rumin Mann
February 18th, 2011

One of our members, Straight Line Designs, was recently featured in Fine Woodworking:

“If you want to make an “exploding” dresser or a chest of drawers that stands with a “hands-on-hips” attitude, you’re going to have to take a page from Judson Beaumont’s book and abandon traditional furniture-making techniques for a while. Instead of traditional construction, Beaumont creates his often-whimsical designs using techniques inspired by aircraft construction and the human body. He begins by assembling an internal skeleton using a nail gun, skins it with thin sheets of plywood, and then adds veneer or paint. This technique allows him to make virtually any shape, from dramatic curves to human postures. And every single piece of Beaumont’s furniture is completely functional.”

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Straight Line Designs is a one-of-a-kind workshop that has been operating out of Vancouver, British Columbia for the past 25 years. In addition to installations, sculptures and private commissions, designer Judson Beaumont and his staff of eight full-time craftspeople have designed and constructed a variety of custom-built furniture and projects for public institutions and children’s exhibitions throughout North America and abroad. Focused on quality and custom design, Judson’s studio stays far away from mass production. Our workshop’s building capacity is restricted but Jud’s designing ability is not!

I had the pleasure of visiting Jud’s shop last summer.  As I walked into the shop, I felt like I walked into Dr Seuss’s workshop. There were all different shapes and colours, and to set the mood, whimsical music was playing in the background. It looked like a really fun place to work. Jud Beaumont gave me a delightful tour of his shop and showed me some really unusual pieces of furniture. Jud also shared some pretty interesting stories about tradeshows he has done in the past. If you ever run into him, ask him about his Tokyo adventure involving his Elvis Whale.

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