We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeff Brunette and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jeff, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
One thing that outsiders might not understand about woodworking is how personally rewarding it can be. Because it is hand-crafted, there’s a level of intimacy and understanding that develops, and you leave a little bit of yourself with each project. A well crafted project doesn’t come simply. Many hours of honing your craft, failing and learning, and of course patience goes into a quality piece of work. And when it turns out great, it’s a beautiful thing and something to be very proud of. Additionally, wood is a natural element and therefore no two pieces are the same. Every cut reveals a unique grain pattern, texture, and tone of color. One of the many “little things” I find rewarding about woodworking, and why I love creating art from wood. Each piece I create is exclusive and can never be replicated.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It was in 2018 that I got my first taste of fine woodworking, making joiners mallets (wood mallets) to give to each of my groomsmen. In doing so, I found that woodworking is where my high attention to detail, affinity for nature, and passion for design came to the surface all at once. I was captivated, and left wondering how I could blend my previous careers doing graphic design and landscape architecture, with woodworking. Then in 2020, amidst a global pandemic, that opportunity came. The combination of being laid off and this already brewing desire to pursue woodworking, led me to start a career as a professional artist in the summer of 2021. The relationship of complex patterns within the natural world is what inspires my work. A mix of art and wood, to balance the expected with the unexpected, my work expresses the natural beauty of wood through an artistic lens.
Although my art career is young, I have 14+ years of experience in the creative industry which has shaped my process, how I create, and how I provide my clients with a unique design process catered to them. For every commission, I involve the client in the initial design phases from concept to final design, gaining feedback each time. In turn my clients have an understanding of what the final outcome may be while I leave room for some artistic liberties during production. I feel that this sets me apart, and makes for an exciting journey for both parties during the creation of the art.
What have I learned along the way? To always challenge myself, accept that I’m going to make mistakes, but learn from them and improve.

Fun fact: I’m partially colorblind, and an artist. So yeah, don’t let anything hold you back from your passions in life!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Assuming mostly Colorado residents will read this, I’ll spare the obvious suggestions like Casa Bonita.

First let’s hang out in my neck of the woods, Olde Town Arvada, drink beer at Denver Beer Co. on the patio with Dutchess our great dane, where you can also get a damn good burger from The Mighty Burger. Then, with a short walk to Schoolhouse we’ll enjoy a bourbon on the rocks in front of a library wall of some 1,800+ libations.

From that, we could:
-Hop on the Gline to downtown Denver for some rooftop drinks and catch a Rockies Game.
-Take a drive to Manitou Springs & hike the incline or check out Seven Falls for something less grueling. Get a drink at the Royal Tavern in town, and see the Dogs Drinking Cocktails original artwork – which is alleged to have inspired the more famous dogs playing poker. Stiff drinks btw!
-At some point we’ll probably end up in Golden for the day, float the creek and enjoy a pitcher of beer at GCB (Golden City Brewery)
-We’ll definitely drive west at some point, through Glenwood Canyon and visit some western slope towns and/or go camping under the stars. Unless it’s winter and therefore we’ll hit the slopes!
-And most importantly leave some itinerary empty, for spontaneous adventures.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Without a doubt my wife, Macy. 100%!

When I was laid off from my previous job due to the coronavirus pandemic, my wife suggested that I should pursue my idea of woodworking and art, and work for myself. I had been talking about this for a year or so prior, but just as a hobby, and definitely not something I’d try to make a career out of! I was really hesitant at first because I’ve always worked a job receiving a consistent paycheck, but because of her full support and encouragement, I quickly realized that this opportunity was undeniable.

I have also had tremendous support from friends and family since the beginning of this crazy journey. From my in-laws allowing me to set up my first “woodshop” in half of their garage, to a friend who gifted me my first table saw, which he was initially going to sell.

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