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About & philosophies


Tyler Thomas Blaine, The Modern Craftsman.

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About & philosophies


Tyler Thomas Blaine, The Modern Craftsman.

ABOUT TYLER

Tyler spent his childhood admiring the architectural concrete structures his father built. He learned early on that good design was naturally sustainable, since he witnessed the vast waste associated with poor design, from material waste to excess labor.  He also learned that structures could only sustain a short lifespan without the proper considerations of ergonomics and geographical conditions in which pieces live. Ultimately, his father also taught him industrial relativity, which translates to quality installations.

He was fortunate enough in later years to be mentored by Kent Law, a phenomenal woodworker who studied in Japan.  Kent taught him refined craftsmanship, which lends to high-quality work. Through the inspiration of Ken's meticulous craft and the industrial elements of his father’s background, he has found harmony. He’s also trained with other mentors in his field, taking classes such as Flex Form with Cody Carpenter, Fabric Forming with Brandon Gore, Advanced Concrete with Fu-Tung Chang, and various others with Buddy Rhodes and Tommy Cook.

Tyler realized at a young age that he couldn’t settle for anything less than a hybrid career that mixed the likes of an architect, builder, scientist, geologist, and furniture maker with just a splash of Sherlock Holmes’ curiosity. He’s thrilled that through his own pursuit of happiness, he’s manifested his childhood dreams in becoming a craftsman.

 

craftsmanship

Tyler Blaine engineers his own products with an artistic mindset, having an extensive industrial background. Combined with his love of art, that structural know-how is seamlessly blended into a world of composition, colors, and shapes to manufacture a long-lasting, beautiful custom product. Although form and function together are the priority, an artistic finish is the secondary consideration.

Because each product is built to the specifications of each client’s needs, company, or brand, Tyler builds from the end result, working backwards to ensure the user’s intent is kept in the forefront from the beginning. Implementing a “root to the fruit” offering in his business model, Modern Craftsman eliminates the need for multiple providers by serving as a one stop shop for all materials and all aspects of manufacturing from inception to design to installation.

Tyler uses locally-sourced and earth-friendly materials to produce pieces of work that speaks on a level of artisan mastery. He wholeheartedly believes in creating pieces that allow for the honesty of the material to shine, rather than manipulating materials to represent something they’re not. Through Tyler’s pursuit of education for his craft, he’s prioritized scientifically testing different products and techniques on different materials.  This allows him to offer his clients a streamlined process for mixed medium projects.  Such philosophies of creating natural works of art while serving every day purposes advances these pieces from basic projects into artistic experiences.