Meet Your Maker Monday: Bob of Greenwood Bay

 Bob Card's beautifully hand-crafted furniture is sold in around Houston and his company, Greenwood Bay, has relationships with some of the top design professionals. His one-of-a-kind work is an amalgamation of traditional and innovative joinery with contemporary "urban organic" designs. 

Photos by Maclean Smyth

HMS: The basics: what is your name, company, URL, and social media links?

Bob Card, Greenwood Bay

HMS: What do you make?

BC: Since we opened in 2009, our primary focus has been custom wood furniture, including a lot of Live Edge pieces, where large wood slabs are used to make very artistic, organic furniture. Recently we've begun to work with more variety of materials and designs. So we bring in glass, metal, acrylic and other material. Some of our pieces don't include any wood at all. In addition, we are also working more and more in a collaborative mode with other makers, where our role is focused mainly on project design and management. 

HMS: What does a typical day look like for you?

BC: Every day is a little different, and I think things are evolving. I'm not as personally involved in all of the shop activities as I was initially. More and more, I spend time designing pieces and working with clients, designers and collaborators. 

HMS:  What is your favorite food? 

BC: Spaghetti and meatballs. And wine.

HMS: What do you do in your spare time/what hobbies do you have?

BC: I'm renovating an 1893 Victorian home with my wife that we bought about 11 years ago. We've always enjoyed renovating homes we live in. 

HMS: Is making your full time job? If not, how do you pay the bills?

BC: It's been my full time job for the last 4 years. I'm starting to get involved in some other things, so I'll spend less time at the studio. My wife, Cynthia, is beginning to work more at the studio, and that will be a good thing. She has a tremendous eye for style. 

HMS: What are your long term maker goals? Are you opening a shop, launching other brands, etc?

BC: Longer term, I hope to bring in more and more collaborators, so we can offer a wider variety of styles, materials, and price points.

HMS: Personal project plug: what about Houston Makerspace makes you the most excited?

BC: Two things. First, Houston simply needs a Makerspace for the many artisans who don't have access to appropriate facilities. Second, I think this will help bring more attention to the fact that this city has a thriving artisan scene. 

HMS: What advice do you have for aspiring makers?

BC: Be flexible so that you remain relevant. That's the best way to assure you can survive, and continue enjoying this wonderful way of living.

HMS: How did you get involved in furniture making?

BC: My dad had a basement shop in our house in Iowa. Winters there are long and cold, so I spent a lot of time making small things in the shop. Later, after getting married, my wife and I renovated several homes doing all of the work ourselves, including our most recent project, an 1893 Victorian home in the Sixth Ward. I built all of the kitchen cabinetry and several period-appropriate pieces of furniture. 

HMS: Tell us about the company name. 

BC: "Greenwood Bay" is a name that brings together two important parts of my life. I spent many days at Greenwood Park in Des Moines when I was growing up and the word "Bay" refers generally to all of the water that surrounds us here in Houston: the bayous, the Gulf, and of course, Galveston Bay.

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