unexpected guests: ariele alasko.

the other day i happened upon the amazing cheese boards of brooklyn-based builder ariele alasko. i couldn’t even tell you how i got there, it was just another serendipitous day of my internet a.d.d. — one thing always leads to another.

and in this case, i realized my wanderings had found something special. ariele is a real maker – a woodworker — and has been featured on jennifer causey’s wonderful site, the makers (jen also photographed the images up top, and you can read her full interview here). when i saw what a cool girl ariele is, and how wonderful her wood making is, i just had to share.

ariele writes the blog brooklyn to west, which chronicles her work, ranging from headboards, to cheese boards and incredible dining tables, too. originally a california girl from monterey, ariele moved to brooklyn to attend pratt to study art, but her woodworking skills are mostly self-taught. she headed west (thus the name of her blog) to build and design a restaurant for her father, il vecchio, back home in monterey, and that experience lead to her current career as a woodworker. impressive, right? you can shop for her beautiful bespoke pieces here. here’s a bit more about the very talented ariele alasko and a peek at her lovely home.

What are your top three Etsy or online handmade shops?
I just recently discovered the amazing shop Falcon Wright and have been fawning over everything they make. I’ll have one of everything please! And definitely Herriott Grace, because what they make is such high quality and so pure.

What’s your favorite flea market, or secondhand find?
Everything in my house is a secondhand find, so this is a hard one, but I’d say my favorite is this amazing, metal-based, curvy, vintage rolling desk chair that I got at the dump in California — for three dollars!

What’s your favorite possession?
A cabinet I built that was the first piece of real furniture I ever made. It’s pretty much what started it all, what made me realize that this was what my future held. I built it from salvaged floorboards and an old glass window for the door. Even though it’s slightly crooked and pieced together {since I built it with only a hand saw and a drill} it’s reminds me everyday to keep working towards my crazy goals.

What are a few of your favorite things to do around your neighborhood in brooklyn?
Take walks. On a walk you can do so much: have a coffee and lovely conversations, hunt for treasures, search for dumpsters, and enjoy the amazing diversity that is Brooklyn. In a single walk you can have it all.

What five things can’t you live without?
In no particular order: my chop saw, my nail gun, my boyfriend, my love for what I do, and tea.

If you could go thrifting with anyone in the world, who would it be?
My friend Amelie. We are like two people thinking from the same brain. Nobody could compare.

Any favorite blogs or websites?
Of course! Can I take up an entire page? big bang studio; apartment 2b baking co.; la baleine noire; and wood and faulk.

What bores you to death?
I have banished boredom from my life! No more boredom for me, ever! But I suppose brushing my teeth is still the one things that holds on.

the incredible restaurant ariele designed and built for her father, il vecchio, in monterey.

39 Responses to “unexpected guests: ariele alasko.”
  1. I love everything about this post. Love the girl, love the work, love the pics.

  2. Wow. Thanks for highlighting a female woodworker- Ariele has a gift and its great to see the beauty she has created!

    I am inspired.

  3. Igor says:

    Very inspiring and creative! I love her work and it just perfectly suits my craving for wood!

  4. Wow, love that carved wood wall. What a talent!

  5. Tina says:

    I love everything I’m seen! Beautiful work, and so inspirational – this has made my day. Thanks.

  6. The headboards are sick, that’s a technical term for “killer”

  7. mary says:

    Why does it seem everything good is in Brooklyn ? darn.

  8. yosemitegoat says:

    Way cool stuff, I think I will likely incorporate some of her style in some of my future projects. Thanks

  9. Rikki says:

    This is so neat! And how beautiful are those cutting boards, wow.

  10. Yay Ariele!! I’ve been following her since the early days of Brooklyn to West and it’s been so wonderful to watch her gain so much momentum—she really is incredibly talented and has such a wonderful spirit about her that comes through so clearly in her blog, her photos, and the work that she creates. This is a lovely feature!

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  12. rachael says:

    i. love. everything.

  13. percentblog says:

    So inspiring! Both her work and the story!

  14. Go Ariele! I am a huge fan of this lady and her work. It is fantastic to see someone with so much talent getting all of this very well deserved attention.

  15. This girl’s work is seriously rad. New fan right here!

  16. wow! i am amazed & truly truly inspired.

  17. Arielle says:

    All of her pieces are so beautiful and look so genuine. I would love to own a few! And, I like that we share the same name with almost the same spelling! :)

  18. Just amazing work. So lovely.

  19. Sophia says:

    That is an excellent post Victoria! I love the pictures, so beautiful and organic and what a talented lady you have on board today?

  20. Ronnie says:

    So incredibly laidback and stylish at the same time. Love it!
    Ronnie xo

  21. Carolyn says:

    Fabulous post. Love the intricate work – love Ariele’s home too – and her dressing gown. Hell, love it all!

  22. Sarah says:

    Makes me want to pick up a saw and start cutting things up…starting with my day job.

  23. audrey says:

    Wood is dope and Ariele is the pusher.

  24. jen says:

    i hardly have words…such amazing work…

  25. katiedid says:

    What an amazing person. Whenever I see such unique creativity and joy for life, it makes all of the hopeless daily news reports drift away and restores my faith in human goodness. Ditto what Audrey said! ;)

  26. Karissa says:

    What gorgeous craftsmanship! I love the restaurant, so chic… I would be happy with half her talent.


  27. Wow!! This is a very inspiring post! I love the use of reclaimed salvaged wood, the simple lines, and the bohemian style! Great Post!!

  28. Cathy Jean says:

    ha ha.. “Internet ADD”- a girl after my own heart. I can relate!.. This reminds me of all my husbands favorite jaunts: re: Anything related to food and beer revolution. It is all about an old craft reinventing itself. We live in a Rad Era!

  29. Taylor Rae says:

    Wow, her work is unbelievable. Really hope to have one of her pieces in my home someday.

  30. Sera says:

    My mom eats at Il Veccio all the time and has been telling me about her work and blog because she knew I’d love it, but couldn’t remember her name. I’ve been trying to find her site and just stumbled on this post today…So thank you! What a small world. Love your blog of course too!

  31. christine says:

    I’m starting to get very jealous of that cat.

  32. sarah says:

    loooove LOVE that wooden wall!!!!
    i would almost try to do that myself and would fail.

  33. vantiani says:

    One of the most amazingly inspiring Unexpected Guest ever, Victoria.
    Thank you so much for sharing!

  34. Amanda says:

    So exciting! My mom and my girlfriend both work at il vecchio and lately my friends birthday dinners have been hosted there. If ever in the Monterey everyone should check this place out, Arielle did an amazing job!!!!! (and the food is great too!)

  35. Katie says:

    i love love love love LOVE those cheeseboards, and I think Ariele is such a cool chick, wielding a chop saw and having a store of reclaimed wood, ready to be loved again.
    Katie. xxx

  36. Quan says:

    Amazing work. Very talented girl. I just love it.
    Thanks for sharing.

  37. Alexandra says:

    Girl crush! Awesome and inspiring! Glad she kept to it and followed her dreams. Her work is beautiful.


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