Jerry Ittel's Profile

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Bi-vocational desk builder and building operations manager. Guess which is the paying job and which is the non-salaried hobby? Married 31 years to my only wife. We have four kids, two grandkids, one big white dog and six cars in my drive - one with a blown engine, three that leave oil spots, and five out of the six have check engine lights on.

The nickel version of my story is plain and simple. I grew up on a farm in SW Ohio… grew up with a father who made lists, worked hard and was always doing a project on the farm and in the shop… a shop where there was a welder, a grinder, a torch and lots wood working tools. So besides building fence and baling hay and working ground and planting crops and chasing escaped cattle, my dad along the way taught me how to operate and respect a table saw and to not be afraid of it. Over the years he did that with all the power tools in the shop. The result of that…

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  • Male
  • Born on October 4
  • Joined December 9, 2012

Favorite materials

Reclaimed barn lumber, Steel, Rivets, Welding wire and Glue

Shop

FlatBarrel
Timeless furniture forged with iron and...

About

Bi-vocational desk builder and building operations manager. Guess which is the paying job and which is the non-salaried hobby? Married 31 years to my only wife. We have four kids, two grandkids, one big white dog and six cars in my drive - one with a blown engine, three that leave oil spots, and five out of the six have check engine lights on.

The nickel version of my story is plain and simple. I grew up on a farm in SW Ohio… grew up with a father who made lists, worked hard and was always doing a project on the farm and in the shop… a shop where there was a welder, a grinder, a torch and lots wood working tools. So besides building fence and baling hay and working ground and planting crops and chasing escaped cattle, my dad along the way taught me how to operate and respect a table saw and to not be afraid of it. Over the years he did that with all the power tools in the shop. The result of that apprenticeship is that I've worked with steel and wood nearly all my life. While my day job is a Project Manager for a large non- profit organization my side job allows me to practice my creative bent and craft everyday as I have for the past 40 years.

I started building these desks specifically when I was the one who needed one. So I made one for me. Then my favorite daughter asked for one for her home office and then another one for her kitchen. Wouldn't you know, my other favorite daughter wanted one and then a year later she asked me to build one for her husbands new office. Well...then my son got in on it. He witnessed all this desk building going on, and it being close to Christmas, and him dating this sharp young lady, he needed a serious gift. So he asked if I could help him build one for her. Well I did, and he did, and she loved it and so did her mother who, as it turns out is an interior designer, who contacted me to say, "That desk is an incredibly unique piece of furniture. You really should consider marketing them". And so I am.

I hope you'll consider the detail of the custom mill work and iron work that goes into the desks I build. Each of them truly are a one of a kind.

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