Jordan graduated from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn with a degree in fine art with a special affinity for woodworking and welding. He spent some time in Atlanta, creating works out of reclaimed plywood and then bounced back to a NY community of craftsman, further honing his woodworking skills. In 2013 he made the move to Portland, discovering his Tiny Shed workspace at Green Anchors right next to Cathedral Park in North Portland. There, with his workmate Dane of Two Ravens Forge, they practice their crafts to the sounds of the Misfits.
1. How would you refer to yourself? Woodworker? Artisan? Craftsman?
2. How did you get started?
Building reclaimed structures with my step-dad
3. Why wood?
It smells good and I love trees
4. What was the first thing you made from wood?
Tiny planter seed box that worked like a jack-in-the-box
5. What does being creative meant to you?
Happiness and freedom
6. Do you have any rituals?
Firing up the wood stove, coffee
7. What is your favorite piece?
Strange burled drops I keep on my desk
9. What do you hope to communicate through your work?
Modern functional design with an emphasis on sustainable ethics
10. If you weren’t doing this what would you be doing?
11. The ultimate piece you want to create?
A tree temple
12. What’s your favorite thing about PDX?
13. Favorite song?
Misfits, Hybrid Moments
14. Favorite bridge?
15. Favorite neighborhood?
16. What’s your favorite tool?
Jordan Saia from Tiny Shed at read:grain, works with reclaimed wood on Friday, April 28th from 4-7pm during Design Week Portland. For more information, go here.