If you are looking for a handcrafted piece of wood furniture, Seth of Pratt Woodcraft is your guy! He creates heirloom quality furniture, art & household items out of beautiful & exotic woods. Almost every piece is custom or can be customized.
Tell us a little about your background and how you got into woodworking.
I’ve always done handyman type things, helping my dad with various projects around the house. I built a crude TV stand for college. However, two years ago my girlfriend wanted a dining room table and instead of paying a lot of money for a giant 8ft table, I said I could figure out how to make it myself. A lot of people liked it and wanted me to make them other furniture or Pinterest things and so a year and a half ago I started Westside Handcrafts, and recently changed the name to Pratt Woodcraft and am working on making it a LLC.
What is your design process like?
My design process is pretty simple. I ask clients for what they are looking for and dimensions, or take the dimensions myself. But the really helpful thing I ask for is pictures, because a lot of times clients see something on Pinterest and want something similar, maybe different size or color, but it helps me to have a visual to better understand what the client is picturing. After that I sit down and scratch it out on paper and work out the dimensions and what material I need.
What type of items do you make? Do you have a favorite design?
I make all sorts of wooden projects. I have made tables, coffee tables, bar height tables, end/edge grain cutting boards, clip boards, wedding signs, pedestals, wooden mallets, and picture frames just to name a few. One of my favorite thing to make is American flag coffee tables or for wall hanging. I have many a few of both so the design process I have down pat and even get to use a torch to burn the wood.
What will you be featuring at Lackawanna Arts Fest?
The big features we will have at Arts Fest are cutting boards, mallets and American flag signs. We will have other odds and ends but we will have several of these items to choose from. The cutting boards and mallets are made out of exotic and hard woods.
What types of custom work do you do?
I have kind of already mentions what custom work I do. Because just about everything I make is custom. Besides making flags, no two projects are the same and no two cutting boards are the same. Clients come to me with different designs and pictures. I have yet to remake a project, again besides American flags 🙂
Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?
I want readers to know that if they have a hobby they love doing why not try to figure out if it’s something you can be paid to do? Going from a hobby woodworker to being a shop has allowed me to expand my knowledge, work with some beautiful wood and meet so many new and cool people and I’m not sure if I hadn’t started a Facebook page if I would be where I am today.
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