Concepts Created was born over six years ago out of a curiosity of working with reclaimed wood. That curiosity grew into a passion and continues to grow to this day. Each piece I build is an expression of myself, and I truly pour my heart and soul into my work.
I could never be a success without my beautiful wife, Susan, working alongside me. This is truly a family business. You can often find my children working with me in the shop doing what they can to help, or just keeping me company.
About Bryan Black
I was a teenager before my father ever let me use a power tool. If a hole had to be drilled, I had to use a hand auger; if wood had to be cut, I had to use a hand saw. My father taught me the principles of wood working with not much more than a homemade wooden tool box full of hand tools. He taught me to rely on my creativity and ingenuity rather than a shop stocked with the latest hi-tech wood working machinery.
Today, I have more tools than my father ever had; however, in my furniture I use little to no screws or nails. My preference is to use traditional colonial building techniques like draw-bore pins, mortise and tenon joinery, pegs and dowels – I even made my own hammer! I am now passing these skills on to my children as they work alongside me. I pray their memories of these days are as fond and peaceful the hours I spent with my father in his shop.
I have worked in various buildings trades my whole life, and have learned many skills. I spent many years working for a custom cabinet maker in Southern California. My most valuable experiences and techniques were gained in that position, but I hadn’t yet worked with reclaimed wood. It wasn’t until I went out on my own as a finish carpenter/cabinet maker that I got that chance. At the end of a particular project there was some reclaimed wood leftover. I took it home and built my first coffee table. What began as a hobby years ago, has now become my full time work and passion.
A Unique History
You might be wondering about the clam shell symbol in our logo. This symbol is burned into the top of every piece I build, as my trademark. Years ago I noticed this symbol on my family crest, and decided to look up its meaning. I found out that it symbolizes a long journey. This is fitting, because my mother, while researching our family genealogy, discovered that my great grandfather (12 generations ago) was John Alden, the ship’s carpenter on the Mayflower.
Each piece I build is truly unique. The wood that was once a barn or some other building, has now journeyed through the hands of the descendant of one who journeyed across the Atlantic and helped settle this land. This same pioneer spirit can be sensed, and the heritage touched, as each table I build sits as the centerpiece of your family, as your conversations and life add to the history of it’s life. May you truly enjoy your table.
Some years ago I wrote an essay about the Pilgrims and the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Click the link below to read it.