A nightstand with a Greene & Greene influence. Built of cherry with walnut pulls. The base rails are ebonized ash, but could also be walnut. Drawers and shelves could be added. This piece appeared in Fine Woodworking's Design Book 8.
curly maple/cherry mirror frame.
by Stephen Arnold Feb 06th 2013
I brought Jeff a conceptual, imaginative design for a wooden mirror frame (and shelves to compliment it) that I figured would not be do-able in the world of woodworking and art. Jeff immediately took a keen interest in the design but acknowledged this would be a tough one. The design included the joining of different species of wood complicated with numerous curves, angles, thickness variations, smooth transitions, and also proud fragile areas that had to be hand-carved. The design evolved even through the last stages of the building process. We hashed out every detail and option together. Jeff's expertise always left me feeling confident about the decisions we came to. Through some experimentation with test pieces Jeff was able to figure out the sequence of events needed to make the construction of this frame a reality. The end result is absolutely amazing and attests to Jeff's extreme love for working with wood and his desire to create the most excellent furniture possible ... Read More
Bar stool with high back
by catelyn j. Nov 18th 2012
Excellent quality of workmanship, design and attention to detail. I highly recommend Dogwood to someone seeking creativity, value, and intelligence of design. I will work with Jeff again, and I look forward it!
by Aaron S. Jun 29th 2012
Working with Jeff was a fantastic experience from the initial planning stages, to the delivery of the finished piece. I wanted to have Jeff build me a shoe bench that drew from Japanese design with a bit of Greene and Greene, but still feel simple and contemporary. Jeff was very collaborative working out the design in Sketch Up, solving design problems and making suggestions for wood choices and detail ideas. Once we had the finished design Jeff was kind enough to let me go with him to pick out some of the wood. One of the reasons I enjoyed working with Jeff so much was his patience and willingness to share his process. Once we had our wood Jeff sent photos as the piece took shape and even had me come by to settle final details for the inset walnut pulls which help give the piece so much character. I couldn't be happier with the bench and I'd love to work with Jeff again, he's a true artist.
by Stephen A. Jun 28th 2012
I am very glad that Jeff O'Brien agreed to make a bench for me that is very similar to the one he built and posted in photo/description on CustomMade. He used size dimensions best suited for the available space in my home and communicated with me often to discuss the final design. It is obvious Jeff was very choosy about the curly maple and cherry wood pieces he acquired for the bench. He also knew the best way to further enhance the beauty of the woods in the wood finishes/shellac he used. He combined the unique characteristics of the wood with highly artistic yet precise curves and angles along the wood edges. The three dimensions displayed in both the wood and design elements for each piece of wood create somewhat of an optical illusion. The bench complements the sea shoreline theme in this part of the house. The piece is very sturdy and rests perfectly on all four legs. Jeff took great care in crating the bench for shipment across the United States.
Danish Cord Stool
by catelyn j. May 19th 2012
designing a Danish Cord Stool out of mahogany and walnut with jeff was easy, pleasant and inspirational. jeff was responsive, intelligent, creative and patient. he came up with a beautiful design, listened to my needs and aesthetics, and responded appropriately. he was fair with pricing, and on time with delivery. he even worked with me to make the shipping as economical as possible. he takes pride in his woodworking ability and creativity, and explains well to the layman, making me understand the beauty and simplicity of using a single board for the stool. i was delighted with the stools which he crated carefully and shipped from oregon to naples, florida. my friend is now going to order the same pieces from him for the fall. thanks, jeff!