Bryan Cramer

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Bryan Cramer


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Location: Fargo ND

From my website

My love for woodworking started in 4-H. The first year I joined my club’s group project was woodworking. At that time my dad had a few woodworking tools for home (farm) projects. He suggested making something at home to display at the County fair. I have been refining my skills in woodworking ever since. A magazine subscription to Wood Magazine directed my interest to fine furniture making. I learned most of the basic skills on my own then took them to the next level after high school by completing an Associates of Applied Science in Fine Woodworking degree at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood CO (Denver metro).

Right After graduation in 2015 I started my own business Great Plains Design Works. I focus on designing and building, studio furniture.

My designs stem from the idea of looking at things differently. I take ordinary designs and shapes and make them extraordinary by creating a fresh new way for people to see them. In some instances a piece takes on a personality that reflects the tastes of the client. Other times I design a piece of furniture as a concept with no client in mind. All of my furniture will make a positive impact in your life by enriching your surroundings.

I do not build a certain style of furniture. Instead the style I like to call my furniture is functional art because it blends both functionality and fine art to give a unique experience unlike any other medium of art.

In the construction of my furniture I use mostly traditional joinery or modified versions of traditional joints. The dimensioning of stock in preparation for joinery is done by machine. Where possible I usually machine cut joinery for speed and consistency. Occasionally in certain circumstances hand cutting is better suited to the particular project or design. For an example I will hand cut dovetail joinery for a drawer just for the ascetics of hand cut dovetails one cannot achieve with a machine. Most of the hand work I do is the final smoothing of the surface and free form shaping of curved parts. Occasionally I will fine tune certain machine cut joints by hand.

Please visit my website for a gallery of my work and information to contact me.

-- Bryan Cramer at Great Plains Design Works

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#1 posted 03-03-2013 07:16 PM

Welcome aboard. It’s nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 03-03-2013 07:23 PM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#3 posted 03-03-2013 08:14 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks Bryan….stay safe

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#4 posted 03-03-2013 08:15 PM

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy !
Because I often get asked questions by new members I’ve included the answers to the most( FAQ) along with my welcoming message to LJs.
You should know that posting questions or projects here (your profile page) will not get you very many responses’ just because it’s your profile page not part of a main forum. To post in a main forum read below.
Want to know how to post something?
See the drop-down box underneath my Lumberjocks in the upper right hand corner. Click on the arrow and select which type of posting you want to make (Project, Blog entry, Forum topic). This will take you to the appropriate page and you just fill in the form.
Sending Private messages(PMs) to other members
Click on the word” home” next to the profile picture of the member you want to contact ,then click on “send message”
Need help with posting or other questions ?
Martin SojKa ( LJs founder)
Ms DebbieP AKA Debbie Pribele (Ljs community manager)
Just for the record even though I have a large number of post I’m not involved with LJs management ,I’m just another member.


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#5 posted 03-04-2013 05:23 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks – enjoy the Community.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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