Sunday, August 16, 2009

Thanks to the "Artisans"

If it were not for the "artisans" of this world, designers would be up a creek. I can have many great ideas in my head but if there is no one who is trained and talented enough to create them I can't continue to dream & to design. I know there are many talented "artisans that I have not yet met. If you are out there, let me know who you are and what you do. I would like to add you to my "artisan" list & give you a mention in my blog.

Currently I have the pleasure of working with several "artisans" that I just have to brag on. One is my son, Jason Swarthout who since he was 12 years old has been creating fabulous wood products beginning with wood toys & graduating to fabulous furniture, cabinets & exquisite finish carpentry. He builds custom doors & windows & & turns pieces of raw wood into whatever I need. He also does a fine job of installing tile & tile projects. His crew including Jeremy Haynes of Salem, OR are the wood workers of choice when I have a project that requires the best in detail, workmanship & custom finishes. He also works on projects for many other fine builders. He is currently building a custom home for his family in Mexico (near Cabo San Lucas.) It will have his beautiful hand made doors, windows & custom tiled tubs & showers. I want him to finish it soon so I can go to visit. He can be reached by email. if you have a project you would like to talk to him about. He "commutes".

Another fine artisan is John Pepples of Bend, OR. He serves as our foreman for Artisan Homes and Design in Bend and does all our stone work in addition to his other duties. He installs tile & is a very good artisan. He accepts outside projects when time permits. You can reach him at 503-932-4891.

I will let you in on some more of my favorite artisans in the future. In the mean time, I used to know an artisan in the Bend area who did antique copper counters & back splashes as well as metal relief work for kitchen vent hoods etc. I don't think he does that type of work anymore so if you know of someone who does that, be sure to let me know. I want to have that person in my "artisan" list for future projects.


  1. Suzanne,
    Just saw a comment made by Anita Bardizian on Facebook, and popped over from there.
    Congrats on the COBA awards!
    Come to one of the HDDC functions the next time you're in Bend. We'd love to meet you.

  2. I so agree that successful design work is always the collaboration of a great team. I am currently working on a project in Longview, Wa and just posted some pictures of a Blacksmith painstakingly creating a one of a kind stair railing. Awesome to see what really happens behind the scenes.
    Patti Marvitz-Walls too Windows


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