firstlightcreative

furniture creations from the outskirts of nyc

Stony Point, New York | 0 Sales

firstlightcreative

furniture creations from the outskirts of nyc

Stony Point, New York 0 Sales On Etsy since 2017

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Last updated on Sep 4, 2017

SHOP OPEN!!!

Dawn Leuzzi

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Dawn Leuzzi

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I love plywood.

I’ve been in love with designing furniture for 15 years now, but I’ve been holding back, afraid that it would never be able to reciprocate that love. I would get back together with this passion for a few months and then run away again, leaving my sketches to collect dust on my bookshelf and hiding my models under my bed. Sadly, this has been a fairly regular on-and-off occurrence for the past 15 years. Now, I see that this relationship is meant to be – it needs to be. We can’t pretend any longer.

Two years ago, I left my secure well-paid full-time Manhattan job and city life in seek of my true self. I had misplaced it (and misused it) in order to survive a hectic, stressful lifestyle in NYC. Until my body started warning me through its aches and pains and shortness of breath; and my mind just wasn’t keeping up like it used to; and my heart…well, that had been shut down for quite some time. Even with all of this, it was still not an easy change, but also not as hard as you may think when it was truly the right thing for me. So these past 6 months of healing, exploring, self-loving have brought me back, once again, to my furniture design passion (not really shocking at all)…

Do you want to hear about how this passion came to be? Ok, I’ll tell you. My first piece was designed and built in my last year of college (talk about crappy timing to learn that I loved something else when I was already fully committed to Interior Design). The moment that I watched Tom (awesome shop guy) put that chunk of laminated plywood through the band saw, I was hooked (insert image of an old Looney Tunes cartoon where Bugs Bunny’s heart beats outside his chest). And that’s when I knew the bottom of my table would be exactly that – plywood – yet much bigger and heavier and all hand-carved by yours truly.

So that piece was magical to me. It was a challenging design, yet every piece fit together perfectly. Because I put my heart and soul into it! I spent countless hours sanding and grinding and mocking up and finishing each piece. And I had not enjoyed anything that much in a long time. I had discovered something huge inside myself that is still living in there to this day and man, is it ready to ply! Get it?

Now I am ready to share these pieces with the world and let others enjoy them in their homes. It was never my intention to hog them for myself, so I look forward to meeting the new owners of these beautiful handmade creations!

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  • Dawn Leuzzi

    Owner

    I'm Dawn and I love plywood. I became slightly obsessed the day I sent a chunk of laminated plywood through a band saw in my college Furniture Design class. I then designed lots of plywood furniture pieces, only some of which came to life...

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  • Don G

    Somers, NY

    Builder of my furniture designs

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