Praise the Makers

Artisans hearten in their quest to upcycle materials from sources like retired train cars, turning scrap into gorgeous furnishings. Supporting local makers also keeps trade skills accessible; ever try to fix an upholstered chair in a...

story By Greg Horton | photos by Rachel Apple

Area artisans hearten in their quest to upcycle materials from sources like retired train cars, turning scrap into gorgeous furnishings. Supporting local makers also keeps trade skills accessible; ever try to fix an upholstered chair in a town with no upholsterers or furniture makers? Not fun. Of course, local makers also create very pretty things that make our lives beautiful to behold, which makes us very happy to share their good work.

Three-season outdoor living is one of the best parts of life in Oklahoma, and we do it up. Ketch Design Centre found a fresh new offering in its powder-coated metal outdoor furniture. Like most things at Ketch’s bustling in-house fabrication studio—which welds beautiful window hardware, sews curtains, upholsters furniture, and more—in-house craftsmen create Ketch’s sleek outdoor furniture. Says owner Ronnie Ketch, “If you can describe it, we can make it—including the cushions.”4416 N. Western Ave.; (405) 525-7757. www.ketchdesigncentre.com.

photo by Chelsea Palmer
‍photo by Chelsea Palmer



Like Okie coats of arms, the upcycled wood crests adorning Bleu Garten are only the most visible creations by Jay and Christina Long, of JL Woodworx & Design. Their Midtown Pop-Up shop charmed last Christmas—most especially richly stained cutting boards and bison festooned with Thunder colors. “As Okie natives, we value and are inspired by all things Oklahoma,” they explained. Woodworx maintains a booth at Midtown’s Verdigris, and is carried at other shops around OKC.www.jlwoodworx.com.

Urban Ironcraft creates the kind of high-end products usually only available to the trade. Its broad portfolio focuses on crisp and elegant designs in decorative metalwork. Later this year, it also launches nine bathroom hardware collections. Three Nichols Hills-area showrooms showcase Urban, and its social media feeds are a drool fest.www.urbanironcraft.com.

photo by Ely Fair
photo by Ely Fair

It’s like the whole world has gone flower crazy this spring, and artist Louise Dean is positioned perfectly to bring the trend into our homes. This Brit-born artist creates whimsical designs that charm utterly. Dean’s aesthetic fits jolly well between the craftsman aesthetic of the maker’s movement and Spring’s fussy feminine blooms.www.louisedeandesign.com.

An irrepressible creativity drives The Chalet Woodshop, from cigar box and Edison-bulb lamps to rare-wood tables. Sam Ashford and Anthony DiFabio pursue the impulses of the maker’s movement: “We believe that high quality and handmade products are superior,” DiFabio said. Weldon Jack, at N. Western and 36th, carries Chalet’s cigar-box lamps.www.thechaletwoodshop.weebly.com.

It’s hard to believe the rustic ranch table at Lorec began as a bowling alley, but the furniture maker’s formidable craftsmen churn out furniture like Santa’s elves. The lower-OKC workshop and showroom draws lovers of ranch décor, and those who love solid-wood furniture that’s made to last. Among our faves: cowhide ottomans, J. R. Ewing-worthy desks, and a copper-topped dining table befitting a Napa tasting room.4111 W. Reno Ave.; (405) 948-0018.