Woodworkers聽create some of our favorite natural wonders. And by natural wonders we mean聽tech accessories, vases,聽bow ties聽and聽jewelry. Co-owner of Brooklyn-based design and woodworking studio聽Kahokia聽Aaron Black (along with his co-owner, artist Dan Bina), sat down with us to tell us about the inner workings of his products that are all about helping you organize and design your workspace.

Tell us about yourselves.

I鈥檓 a builder and photographer living in Brooklyn with a long history of creating beautiful indoor and outdoor living spaces. I鈥檓 inclined to simplicity and organization with a love of good beer, good people and community.聽Dan is an artist/designer living in Brooklyn with deep suburban Chicago roots. He has an aversion to the ugly and licorice and a love for chocolate, soups and NY pizza.

Why did you decide to start聽Kahokia?聽

We began by talking on our lunch breaks in the basement of a fine art auction house in Manhattan. Our first product, the Manity, was the result of finding a simple yet good-looking solution to store our personal watches and sunglasses.

Why do you love to make?

Because wood is good! Well-made things are not only beautiful but they keep us humble.

What is your current favorite product in your shop?

Our kitchen goods;聽we love food. Our serving boards are used regularly in our homes for good cheese.

What other creative hobbies do you have?

Dan is an artist and designer. I鈥檓 a photographer and hobby mixologist鈥 I once crafted an exotic collection of infused vodkas.

Where do you get your inspiration?

Japanese and mid-century design aesthetic, beer, science fiction, dance, movement and space keep us interested and exploring new things.

What鈥檚 one piece of advice you鈥檇 share with other聽makers?

Procure the very best materials and tools you can afford. A great maker once said, 鈥淚t鈥檚 the duty of every crafts person to discard an inferior tool for the sake of the next user.鈥 As makers, we need good tools. They help take us from concept to the physical realization of a design. If you use the right tool for the job, you come out on top every time.

What鈥檚 up next for聽Kahokia?

Everything from growing relationships and figuring out our market to building a credenza for good friends here in Brooklyn. We love doing work for good people who share our passions.

These beautiful wood products are available at the Brit + Co Shop!