The Creative Bug Strikes
Before starting Branches Furniture, Joel and Alyse Knudsen had regular old desk jobs. But the creativity bug bit us one day when we were on the hunt for new headboard. We wanted something unique. An old window beckoned us and we used it to build our first piece of furniture. Shortly after, while on a camping trip we did some soul searching and decided that’s what we wanted to do – Take old stuff and give it new life.
And So It Began
In 2013, Branches Furniture was born. At first we took salvaged material and made it into new furniture and did a lot of refinishing of vintage pieces. As our knowledge of wood and metal craft and our interest in design has grown, so has our collection of original designs that incorporate salvaged, reclaimed and new material. We’re inspired by mid-century and modern aesthetics as well as by the organic form of natural material.
Here We Are Now
Our little acre of land in Canby, Oregon (just south of Portland) is where we live with our three kids and our puggle, Buster. It’s here in our wood and metal shops that we’re able to build custom furniture of just about any size and shape. You’ll find Joel tooling away in the barn until after dark most days. But welding, sanding and grinding beats staring at a computer any day – just ask him!