such brilliant PLYdeas …

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So, it took me almost 2 years to get these guys on Etsy. I don’t want to keep hogging these furniture pieces all to myself anymore! Actually, they’ve been wrapped in blankets and  hiding in a room with many boxes of other things not being used. It’s time they go to new owners who can enjoy and appreciate them EVERY DAY for their beauty and hard work.

Please take a moment to check out my Etsy shop and share it with anyone who might also appreciate these unique, completely one-of-a-kind, handmade furniture pieces. All were designed by me and 2 were built by me as well (Curves and Elements). The other pieces were built by a woodworking friend who was quite accepting and patient with my rather particular designer tendencies ;)

If you’re interested in the stories of how these pieces came to be, click on their names below …

10 Blocks
23 Degrees
Triple D

And then there’s my first born which is not for sale. This is where it all started, so you may want to read this story first ;)

THANK YOU for taking the time to check out my creations for the 1st or 10th time!!!

XO Dawn


REintroducing 23 DEGREES …

23degrees collage

24w . 6d . 6h
plywood . plumbing pipes

I honestly don’t remember where the idea came about for 23 Degrees. Sometimes, I’d set out on sketching sprees and just see what comes out of this creative genius. I suppose this was how this piece came to appear on paper. Only the universe knows that answer, I suppose. I will admit that the pipe attachments were borrowed from something I saw on the information super highway. But the wood, that was all me. Keep your minds out of the gutter, people.

REintroducing CURVES …

curves collage

24w . 6d . 2h

2 shelves with an integral wall cleat. I created this design with the intention of not exposing the face of the plywood. As you have seen, a lot of my pieces are designed with this in mind…for a number of reasons: I can use less expensive plywood, it is much more challenging to design, and the beauty of cutting through those layers is unparalleled (at least in my opinion and hopefully I have changed all of yours by now too!).

Curves was another reminder of how incredibly not convenient it is to do woodworking while living in NYC with no car, no where to store anything and no way to be at the woodshop to receive wood deliveries.  Curves was built when I was living in Brooklyn and a member of 3rd Ward (OMG, I just now discovered that they closed their doors in 2013…so sad), where I had access to a woodshop.  I worked near Home Depot in Flatiron, so I set out at lunchtime to buy a 2’ x 4’ sheet of ½” thick plywood, which I then carried almost 1 avenue and 3 streets back to the office. And yes, even though I’m super buff, I still had to put it down a few times, take a breath and then continue. Thankfully, I worked for a company that had tradesmen with saws (Does that statement turn anyone else on?…no? Just thought I’d ask.) so they cut the sheet down into strips and taped up the strips, equipped with a NYC “tape handle” (all you city peeps know what that is) so I could more easily commute 45 minutes with my newly acquired plywood. Keep in mind, it was no less heavy and uncomfortable to carry, it was just in a different shape. Yeah, so this was the 2nd and LAST furniture piece I made while living in NYC…maybe a smaller, lighter hobby would have been better?!? Paper crafts? Jewelry making?…

meet 23 DEGREES …


A helpful and hardworking wall shelf. He’s a little slanted and tends to only see things from his angle, but the right gal will surely straighten him out. And more importantly, check out those pipes!

meet CURVES …


Two voluptuous curvy wall shelves. At first meeting, you won’t know how they hang, but take them home and all will be revealed. These mysterious ladies will surely try to ply you with their sexy carved bodies…and, I promise, you will not be disappointed.