Nathaniel Brawley Hill, is the designer and creator of Brawley Made Furniture in Downtown Los Angeles. With deep ties to New England and its many vernacular styles of furniture and architecture, he has spent the last fifteen years building custom furniture and homes, timber framing, and working in historic preservation.
He studied American History at Hampshire College, and then continued his education at the North Bennett Street School in Boston where he completed their Preservation Carpentry program.
Over the years, he has had the opportunity to work with a wide array of traditional techniques, all of which he incorporates into more contemporary styles to create his distinctive modern American aesthetic.
Now making Los Angeles his home, Nathaniel is focused on producing his original furniture designs, working on commissions of custom furniture, as well as creating select architectural millwork.
I make furniture not only for the sheer joy of crafting with my hands, but as an exercise in intentionality. Like farming one’s own food, it is an alternative to mass production, and a choice in favor of the environment and sustainability. Through creating and building I have a stronger connection to both my immediate surroundings as well as the larger environment and community in which I live.”
My love for early American vernacular furniture and architecture was heavily influenced by my childhood home, the Marsh-Whitlock House, the oldest house in Warren, Connecticut. I spent 10 years as the steward of this house, preserving it in reverence for the skilled craftsmanship from this time in America’s history.
The house and its belongings were a testament to building, to creating, not solely for commercial consumption, but for living in and with for generations to come.
The North Bennett Street School in Boston is a well renowned institution that offers intensive, hands-on training in traditional trades and fine craftsmanship.
I completed the two-year Preservation Carpentry program, where under the tutelage of Robert Adam and Steven O’Shaughnessy, I studied traditional joinery, hand tool woodworking techniques, architectural and preservation millwork, and timber framing –
all of which continue to influence my design, style and methods of work today.
I have always had a need to shape and influence the environment in which I live. This is what drives me as a woodworker, as well as what led me to farming. I had a small farm in Connecticut prior to moving to Vermont and farming on a larger scale.
Farming and carpentry go hand in hand. I can’t imagine running or owning a farm without the love, or ability to be able to spend the majority of one’s time fixing and or building things.