Meet Shaun Wallace...
GOPHERWOOD DESIGN / BUILD began with the giving of gifts. Most of the pieces we origionally made were given to a person or charity to show my appreciation. The raw form woods I use are collected locally. I live and work in Goleta, a small coastal city just above Santa Barbara. With the Santa Ynez Mountains in my back yard I often gather materials on hikes or drives in the back country.
As a youth I worked with my father building timber frame structures in southern California, from homes to commercial buildings. He is also a small/large scale wood worker and continues to be a mentor to my work. While attending UCSB I found a talent as an artist and began working in visual merchandising for a number of national retailers. Most recently working with Urban Outfitters as a display artist I began making gifts for friends with in the company. The gifts were well liked by the visual director and a buyer contacted me to produce my first line of small goods for some of the more curated new stores. Working closely with this buyer we customize the products for various markets and some of the designs remain in my current line.
At the same time the work I was doing in the Santa Barbara Urban Outfitters was noticed by a local entrepreneur, Shelter Social Company. To date we have collaborated on larger installation builds including but not limited to work at The Supply room, The Rancho Inn, the Hamlet Inn and Sama Sama test kitchen. It is by way of my clients and their support that I have the confidence and persistence to design and build in both the large and small scale.