I started my first studio shortly after graduating from RISD in 1989 and began building furniture and case goods right away. I was hired by other industrial designers and artists to design diverse products including outdoor gear, toys, lighting systems, displays, puppet stages, jewelry, wooden sculptures - and several large scale architectural sculptures in bronze and stone for public buildings and parks across the U.S.

    Three decades and four studios later, I’m still at it. I hand-craft furniture using traditional joinery and antique hand tools. I enjoy working with locally milled lumber, much of which comes from historically significant, ancient trees felled by storms, disease or old age.

    These days, I spend about half of my time teaching others how to be creative. I enjoy meandering around New England in my Tinker Wagon, a traveling wood shop/camper/chuck wagon/puppet stage equipped with awnings, work benches, vices and hand tools. We build useful wooden projects with makers of all ages at museums, county fairs, historic sites, churches, libraries, schools and birthday parties. We are also building skills, confidence, relationships and fond memories - one project at a time.

    I often collaborate with other artists to facilitate their creative process by critiquing their work-in-progress, consulting on technical details, organizing their studios, managing projects and helping them prepare for exhibits and publications. See PRIVATE TUTORING

    Don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss your ideas - whether you are a maker - or always wanted to give it a try. To paraphrase Frank Lloyd Wright, “The most important element I have to work with is the spirit of the client”.



      Joseph Jude Brien circa 2020