Meet The Makers
There is a story behind every one of our pieces. The origin of the wood is only half the story. From the moment the wood arrives in our shop, it is designed, cut, sanded, epoxied and finished by our craftsmen.
Mike opened Natural Edge Furniture in 2010 and plays a vital role in every aspect of the business. He's been spotted doing everything from hauling fallen trees to writing and producing a local television ad. Mike spent a lot of time with his Grandfather and Dad building, fixing, and tinkering. After school Mike spent many years learning his craft by working at multiple furniture and cabinet companies. Mike really enjoys the ‘producer to consumer aspect’ of his business as well as the environmental friendliness. As the Founder of Bends Makers District and an Orchard District Board Member, Mike is heavily invested in building sustainable inter-connected community in Bend. Besides being an entrepreneur and community builder Mike enjoys anything outdoors, traveling the world and eating great food (especially tacos!) He is a white water guide for friends and family and his snappy sense of humor is always getting him in trouble. Watch out for his story about the psychic and the German Shepherd.
Keelan O'Brien (or as he is known in several parts of western France as "homme qui danse comme Lama ivre") moved from the high mountain towns of Colorado to the Bend area four years ago and has come to love it. He finds the area and the people blend perfectly with his passion for skiing, snowboarding, hiking, thigh modeling, and mountain biking. Keelan is the first leg in the process; he's our sawmill go-to, but from time to time you'll catch him doing other steps in the shop. (more to come - stay tuned!)
Meet Joshua (aka:Josh):
Josh is our newest team member here at Natural Edge Furniture. From California, he has experience in welding and woodworking; the guy loves all aspects of being in the shop and working with his hands. If Josh could work while he sleeps we think he would; he doesn't want to leave at the end of the day so we sometimes have to tell him "it's time to eat" and "let's head home." Attention to detail is an understatement. He is such a hard worker. You'll catch Josh riding in on his bike, or skateboarding daily and he loves all that Bend has to offer. He has 4 chickens, 4 cats, 2 bunnies, and a couple humans at home as well.
Jason is our welder and fabricator here at Natural Edge Furniture. He has lived in Bend for the last three years, and lived in Salem, Oregon prior to his move to Bend. Living here has always been his dream location. He decided he wanted to build furniture when he realized how much he disliked trying to interpret the instructions on pre-fabricated furniture. "I figured it would be easier to build things from scratch" he says. Turns out it really is in his book!