BDJ Craft Works

American Made Since 2002

Brian David Johnson

Austin, Texas
Well designed and completely unique solid wood decor and furniture that is modern yet warm & all hand made in small batches in Austin, Texas.

Tell us about your business.

I began my own furniture and fine cabinetry studio in 2002. After years of designing pieces for clients in Austin and elsewhere, I established BDJ CRAFT WORKS in 2009 focusing on small decor items , primarily a series of wooden vases with glass liners. This has blossomed into a line of planters, trays, photo frames, coin banks and more. In creating these smaller designs I have found great satisfaction and a real centering of my creative voice. I plan on continuing to grow my business and I would like to prosper but regardless of its size or success, I will always keep the work sustainably hand made in the usa and strive to have the pieces continue to reflect the qualities I find important, the greatest being that the work and the specialness inherent within it remains the focus and is elevated above concerns for the bottom line.

What makes your business stand out?

The level of quality and a refusal to compromise as well as a practice of truly designing from the heart.

What's the best business advice you've received?

Most men do their best work in their 40's and 50's. Don't take yourself so goddamned seriously.

Mark Your Calendar

  • Nominations
    June 3–Aug. 29, 2014

    Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.

  • Judging
    June 23–Sept. 9, 2014

    Judges will select finalists throughout this period.

    Meet the judges
  • Online Voting
    Sept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014

    Vote for your favorite American makers.

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  • Winners Announced
    Oct. 17, 2014

    2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.

    See past Award Winners
  • American Made Event
    Nov. 7–8, 2014

    Join us for our annual event in New York City.

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