Knockout On Wood

Design Spotlight: Allied Maker

November 2, 2012 Design By Photo by Allied Maker

Upstart Allied Maker is one of those stories we love exposing. All the elements are right. An individual pursuing a passion, an obsession with making things and a handsome product. Craftsmanship. The most overused word in recent history, but we’re saying it anyway.

The young man behind Allied Maker is self-taught woodworker Ryden Rizzo. But Rizzo’s credentials don’t just include learning woodcrafting through YouTube — a mad world indeed. Having studied Design & Technology at Parsons School for Design and Vermont Instruments School (his thesis: a Cymatic Amplifier: a device that visualizes sounds by amplifying them through a layer of water), Rizzo finished his studies under woodworking master where he would go on to build his own classical guitar. Later, Rizzo would go on to do what so many graduates do not: apply his education. His parent’s garage cleared out and re-stocked with an accumulation of tools and self-built work tables, Rizzo began making everything from small goods to furniture.

Today, Rizzo continues his woodcraft pursuits under the handle of Allied Maker. Every week or two, new, limited quantity products are added to his e-shop, ranging from a Mini Filament Bulb Lamp ($49), to a Knife Holder ($55) made from mahogany and rare-earth magnets, or even a custom Skateboard Deck ($220) crafted out of layers of Indian rosewood, cross-grained mahogany and Engelmann spruce. Intricacies abound in his products. For example, the Mini Lamp (pictured above) includes antique brass hardware, Herringbone cloth cords with vintage plugs, and Marconi bulbs. Combined with approachable prices, we’re tempted to pick up one of everything Allied Maker offers. We think you will be too.

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