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My name is Joe Dusel. My wife Katsuyo (Kat) and I own Woodistry. I've been designing and making furniture, cabinetry and other wooden items since about 1989. I was fortunate enough to have studied for almost 4 years under master woodworker/designer Ian Kirby at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA. When I signed up for Ian's class I had no idea who he was. The first class was labelled as cabinet making in the catalog, so I enrolled to learn how to make kitchen cabinets for our home. Before the class started Ian talked to us about woodworking, design and what we would be learning in the class. He started the class by saying, "If any of you are here to learn to make kitchen cabinets you might as well walk out right now." By that point I knew I was in the presence of a real master. It didn't matter to me what he was going to teach. I knew that whatever Ian taught it would be great. I consequently took every class that Ian taught at the…

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  • Born on February 27
  • Joined December 26, 2010

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About

My name is Joe Dusel. My wife Katsuyo (Kat) and I own Woodistry. I've been designing and making furniture, cabinetry and other wooden items since about 1989. I was fortunate enough to have studied for almost 4 years under master woodworker/designer Ian Kirby at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA. When I signed up for Ian's class I had no idea who he was. The first class was labelled as cabinet making in the catalog, so I enrolled to learn how to make kitchen cabinets for our home. Before the class started Ian talked to us about woodworking, design and what we would be learning in the class. He started the class by saying, "If any of you are here to learn to make kitchen cabinets you might as well walk out right now." By that point I knew I was in the presence of a real master. It didn't matter to me what he was going to teach. I knew that whatever Ian taught it would be great. I consequently took every class that Ian taught at the school. Ian of course has been a major influence on my woodworking and design.

We make furniture and other wooden items in our studio in Vista, California. All of our products are original designs. Not only do we design our products to look good, they are also environmentally friendly and made to last a lifetime! We don't use foil covered "engineered wood" (particleboard) or junk woods like the cheap Chinese made furniture. And we won't use toxic materials in our products either.

We specialize in shoe storage benches. We started making these in about 2000 because my wife wanted one by our front door. Katsuyo is from Japan where shoe storage at the entrance of ones home is a must. Now we use about 4 of them throughout our home - by the front door, the back door and the garage door. We produce small batches of our shoe bench designs (which keeps the cost down) and usually have a few new designs on the drawing board. We currently have about 6 unique designs.

My family has followed a "green" lifestyle since the early 80s. We have been vegetarian (I am vegan), eating organic produce, composting and using natural products for about 30 years. Lucky for us Vista has one of the best climates on the U.S. mainland. We can grow just about anything here that you can imagine. We have grown bananas, guava, mangos, apples, oranges, lemons and just about anything except fruits that require a chill. Plus we grow all sorts of veggies, so we can just walk out to the yard to harvest things for dinner. Recently we have also setup an aquaponics system with a big growing tray and a pond full of goldfish to fertilize the plants. The aquaponics is a work in progress.

We like to use environmentally friendly materials like bamboo and formaldehyde-free plywood in the things we make. Not only is it better for the environment, it's better for our health and yours to not use toxic materials such as formaldehyde. And we use water based finishes, so we are not spewing volatile organic compounds into the air we all breathe.

By the way, in case you are a rail-fan our office is a real 1945 Missouri Pacific caboose. It's about 26 tons of iron, steel and a bit of rust. And I think it’s probably the only caboose with an ocean view - and high speed internet.

If you have any questions about our work please convo us! We are also happy to customize any of our products.

Joe and Katsuyo, Owners of Woodistry

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