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CLAY ARONSON

FOUNDER, MAKER, MASTER CRAFTSMAN 

Aronson Woodworks is locally owned and operated out of Central Iowa by Master Craftsman Clay Aronson. Clay’s passion for woodworking was instilled early in life by his grandfather, and his natural talent for the craft eventually became his livelihood. Clay combines his formal education and hands-on experience with his attention to detail to make exquisitely crafted, quality custom furniture.  

In 2001, while attending the College of Architecture at Iowa State University, Clay presented a relatively unique concept for his senior thesis project: start a business making furniture using reclaimed barnwood from local farms— farms that were fading away from our landscape without any record of what the farm was, who lived there, and how long those barns stood before giving way to mass farming operations.

At the same time, Clay was also taking note of a similar parallel in the furniture market: finely crafted, one-of-a-kind pieces that were built to withstand the test of time were beginning to be overrun by low-cost, mass-produced imported furniture.  

 

For the next ten years, after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Clay honed his woodworking techniques and finishing processes.  His path lead him to apprentice in a 19th century furniture making shop for two years, and in 2011, Clay established Aronson Woodworks, making it his mission to provide clients with furniture that had a story and that was built from quality materials using the solid wood joinery techniques of the past. 

In 2015 Clay discovered a new way to finish solid wood furniture called Claize.  This revolutionary and patent pending technique is pushing the boundaries of how the design world views natural wood grain.  Clay is constantly testing, tweaking, and evolving his processes - whether it's a new way to use solid wood joinery, or introducing new finishes - Clay is happiest when he has discovered something interesting and unique to offer his clients and the design community.

Clay is also proudly offering furniture crafted from reclaimed urban lumber.  Since his senior thesis project (and his rural upbringing), Clay has always valued utilizing material that others view as waste.  With the infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer, Clay coordinates with local tree removal companies and the City of Des Moines to salvage urban lumber so that it may be used for a higher purpose than mulch, firewood, or going to a landfill.  To read more about our urban wood reclamation process, click here.

MEGAN ARONSON

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AND SALES

Exceeding expectations and providing an exceptional experience for clients are what Megan measures her success by. When she's not developing relationships within the design industry, or sending out furniture quotes, or directing the company's marketing, or dreaming up crazy awesome designs and finishes with Clay...she's taking care of the kids, cleaning the house, and cooking up some down-home comfort food for the shop crew.  

LISA BEEBE

SALES & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT | CHARLOTTE, NC

Lisa's bright, authentic personality and devotion to customer relations makes her a natural fit with Aronson Woodworks.  Lisa joined us in March 2018 to handle national trade sales and business development activities. A seasoned professional with an MBA in Marketing from Indiana University, and a passion for art and interior design, Lisa has hit the ground running. She has quickly become an ambassador of our Midwestern brand and we are thrilled to have her extend our reach as a personal point of contact in the eastern US. As a transplant from Winnetka, IL and having remodeled her two previous homes in the Midwest, Lisa is no stranger to interior design and remodeling projects. 

With the help of her architect and interior designer, she completely remodeled her current home in Charlotte, NC, which was featured in the Feb/Mar 2018 issue of Charlotte Home magazine. When she's not out representing Aronson Woodworks, Lisa enjoys creating an inviting home atmosphere for entertaining and hosting charity events as well as spending time with her husband, 2 boys, and 9 year old white golden retriever, Chester.  

LORI RYHERD

FOUNDER & PRESIDENT OF FULL CIRCLE COLLECTIVE

Lori's pursuit of beautiful, high-performance products and materials that have a positive lasting impact on end users and the environment led her to founding Full Circle Collective.  After an experience designing her own home and collaborating with architects and builders, Lori saw an immediate need in the Midwest for beautiful, sustainable building products that represent pioneering design that is original and genuine. Aronson Woodworks is delighted to be part of Lori's portfolio of leading products accessible to architects, designers and contractors.  To learn more about Full Circle collective, click here.

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