My good buddy @jonathanwebsterphotography recently took some pictures at @theeli_cotton and sent me this shot of the bar and beam cased opening I installed 4-5 years ago. It’s an old historic building in downtown Monroe and the target goal was to build something that appeared to have been there since original construction (circa 1905+-). Heavily broken in with a beautiful patina, it looks even better now than it did the day we installed it. Ironically enough, the reclaimed Hemlock we used to build it is even older than the building it went into.
Joe Rogan Experience
We kept this project under the radar, but a few weeks back we were fortunate enough to get the opportunity to build something for @joerogan and his new podcast studio in Austin.
How do you make a table that says “we build badass guns” without saying it. This is what we ended up with. When you’re creating furniture for a company that specializes in highly customized firearms you’ve got to get way outside the box. Obviously the base is what really stands out here. Built to resemble ammunition rounds on a bandolier, the “shell casings” are 7.5″ diameter steel pipe that we sandblasted and hand patina’d to give an aged brass look. The “bullet” tips are solid 7″ thick hand turned White Oak. We milled the blanks out of a tornado tree we salvaged in 2018. It took two 20″+ diameter logs just to make the 32 bullets. The top is made of heavily character grade White Oak and is full of wild grain patterns. We routed the @outlawordnance logo in by hand and wrapped the entire top with a 3″ tall steel edge band to give it a more tactical look and feel. Final dimensions are 5’x15′. We did a lot of head scratching to make this thing a reality and I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out.
How we give back
OAWoods is not only a full-service woodshop, but it has served as a learning center as well. Student groups from the Louisiana Tech School of Forestry have made multiple trips over the years to learn about the operation, study the different wood species we have on-hand, and explore career options in woodworking. Kyle has mentored multiple individuals who have gone on to have successful careers in the woodworking industry.
OAWoods has also received many accolades locally, regionally, and nationally, including: the feature story on the cover of BayouLife magazine, a feature interview on Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s Art Rocks! Series, first place recognition in the Furniture category in Wood-Mizer’s national 2021 My Wood-Mizer Project Contest, and a feature on the front page of The News-Star for our work in the Joe Rogan Podcast studio.