From Corporate To Carpenter: Eric Penderleith, #GRINDITOUT

By Ask Benson — / Death Wish Coffee Blog


Carpentry is one of the oldest trades in the world. It's something that Eric Penderleith, now a business owner and self-sustaining wood worker, resisted most of his life. He grew learning the profession from his father, thinking at the time it was something he wouldn't do forever. After moving to New York City and getting a job on the other side of the business, he realized that his fulfillment came from being hands on. Three years ago, he opened a furniture design company in the Hudson Valley, taking the leap to create furniture under his own name. Now instead of suits and meetings, his grind includes lots of coffee, wood chips and fulfillment. 



On why he started his own business: 

What I wanted to establish here is just things being a bit more mellow and really being into and focused on what you're doing, because it's easy to be distracted by whether you're doing a good enough job, or are you doing it quick enough or fast enough, or a supervisor looking over your shoulder. "Am I going to get that promotion?" That kind of thing. 



On why carpentry is important: 

"Furniture and furniture design are just as much art as painting or drawing. I mean, it affects people, I think. Obviously, it's function." 





On how he starts a project: 

"When I'm doing my own work and our own in-house design stuff, it usually starts off with an obsession or a fascination with a design period or a specific artist or art house or architectural style or painter or painting movement or art movement. And then it's a lot of dwelling on that and doing a lot of research and sketching."


On education:

"It's a long process. You never really stop learning. I think some people grasp that concept. Some people don't. Sure, you can be obviously very experienced and established and know what you're doing, but there's always going to be a curve ball. You do have to keep learning and progressing on that level, otherwise I think you start to put up a roadblock or a mental block and say, "No, that's not going to work. That's not possible. Trust me, I've tried to do it before. It's not going to happen." And then nothing happens."


 Below, listen to Eric's shop playlist.  


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