I first saw this piece by Jason Hernandez at ShowPDX 2008 thinking ” I HAVE to meet this guy” and grabbed his business card. The woodworking skill and design was clearly at another level.
I later found out this piece below won the award for best furniture of the year in Portland Spaces Magazine. He described to me that the design is an intentional departure from his regular aesthetic which is heavily influenced by his formal woodworking schooling at College of the Redwoods. Im drawn to the “Jetsens” like forms. Make sure you click on this link to go to a great writeup on his piece.
He was nice enough to give us a tour of his shop today. I love seeing people’s workspaces. I like checking out their organization, little models and prototypes they have lying around, and of course- geek out on powertools. Jason told us about new projects hes working on, some woodworking techniques, and the chaboo he has started.
Jason Hernandez Shop Visit from Ken Tomita on Vimeo.
Ive been nice and havent embarrassed Jason in this blog post yet but that wouldnt be fair to all the other artists Ive ripped on so Im going to embarrass him by featuring him in the first VIDEO on this blog. YAY!
Chaboo by Jason hernandez from Ken Tomita on Vimeo.
Jasons chaboo is made of Ash which will be stained black. There will be an aluminum feature as well that will contrast nicely with the black. Cant wait to see it!