This week we profile entrepreneur Matt Jackson, owner of Boscus Designs.
We met with Matt at his workshop in Hermosa beach to take a few shots of his work and learn more about the creative process behind is woodwork.
Where are you from and what brought you to LA?
My entire childhood, adolescence, awkward prepubescence and college years were all spent in Colorado. I grew up in south Denver and went to the University of Colorado at Boulder to study architectural engineering. At CU I specialized in architectural lighting design and came out to LA for a job in 2004 after I graduated.
What is the best advice you ever received?
Aim at the center of the bowl – can’t thank mom enough for that one. Kidding. I think the best advice i ever got was from a college professor who once told me to, “do the most you can in the time that you have.” I think this could sound like a cheesy high school graduation if taken out of context, but the context here was project oriented. If you waste your time worrying about the deadline you have, you’ll never get anything done.
Matt, how did you come up with the idea for boscus?
I’ve got to thank mom again for this one. And Dad. For being incredibly cheap. If it weren’t for that I never would have grown up watching PBS. Two words. Norm Abram. The godfather of wood. I can’t tell you how many cabinets, gazebos, desks, tables and chairs I’ve watched this man make. I have always loved design – especially more minimal and contemporary styles, but I never really did anything about it until one day in 2008 I decided to make my own natural slab wood table. I went out and bought the most exquisite piece of cocobolo, a box saw and a sanding block and spent the next 3 weeks sawing, sanding and buffing that piece of wood until you could see your reflection in it. After that a design spark went off in my head and I started designing jewelry with the scraps. All of it was just gift ideas for family and friends, but it turned into a real passion and Boscus was born.
Where do you draw inspiration for your designs?
The minimal designs really just come from the complex nature of the wood. Most of the pieces I work with have so much character that all I want to do is showcase their natural beauty. Working with architects and interior designers from all over the world definitely played a roll in helping me with ideas.
What has been your favorite designed item so far?
(If you have a picture I can include it in the post) There are a lot to choose from. I have a bunch of favorites (Large Verawood Ring, the custom Menorah and the belt buckles), but I think one of the more simple designs I’ve done and the one I spent the most time on is still my favorite. The Bubinga coffee table that sits in my living room has such an amazing grain and the color is unlike any other I’ve seen. This was one of my earlier pieces and it was built entirely with a hand saw and a block sander – a lot of blood sweat and more sweat went into this table.
What’s next for Matt Jackson?
The next step with boscus is fabricating more custom furniture and jewelry. There are so many creative people out there that want something unique. I love working with clients to create something that I can be proud of while also have their visions realized. I still enjoy creating my own designs and I’ll continue to do so, but I think more and more people are inspired by Etsy, Pintress, etc. and can turn to a craftsman, like myself, to fabricate that idea.