Owner & Craftsman
Growing up in the outdoors was the guiding force that influenced Don on his career path to being the skilled Craftsman he is today. Drawn to the Pacific Northwest, he refined and honed his skills as an arborist and tree surgeon enjoying his time away from work to explore the rivers as a guide. That love of nature is now expressed brilliantly in the works of art he creates. Whether reclaiming lumber from old barns or repurposing a family’s dying favorite tree, Don is a natural craftsman who sees the beauty beneath the surface. An avid contributor to San Diego’s sustainability ecosystem, Don is working with Trees San Diego and other organizations to improve recycling our natural resources.
Designer & Craftsman
Growing up in Russia, Zak braved frigid temperatures to learn his craft. Apprenticing with traditional furniture masters, he was taught century-old techniques in the restoration of antiques and of cabinetry. Delving into his art, he worked in Siberia with famous craftsmen who lived off the land. Using only chain saws and creating natural dyes from the bark of trees, he enhanced his furniture making skills. As a wood and metal craftsman, his mind always formulating designs and ways to improve the process, he pursued formal training and received his Masters in Industrial Engineering from the Moscow State Institute of Railroad Transportation. Wanting to expand his expertise, he moved to New York to attend the Engineering Advancement program at Cooper Union School of Art and Engineering. While in New York he worked at L’oreal in product quality assurance. Knowing that his passion was furniture making, he moved to San Diego and has since been honing and showing off his craft as the lead designer for Old Fashioned Lumber.