I am so excited to introduce today’s guest, Tyler Benner. Tyler is former US Archery Olympic level archer, author of “Inside the Archer”, and the Founder of Venn Design a company dedicated to creating furniture designed for human movement. I reached out to Tyler because I love Venn Design’s Air Chair, a Stability ball that is beautifully crafted with you in mind to help you move, bend, and wiggle while you work! Inspired by stability balls, Tyler set out to make a piece of upholstered furniture that had a pleasing temperature for sitting and utilized a beautiful design for you to enjoy having it in your space rather than hiding it away. Each piece is beautifully crafted by hand in Salem, Oregon. Venn Air Chairs come in two sizes and a range of colors, styles, and designs, including the newly launched NASA / Solar Series and premium Pendleton Wool Jacquards!
In this week’s conversation, Tyler invites us to surround ourselves...
We are excited to have John Furniss, “The Blind Woodsman” on the show! His story is filled with adversity, resilience and strength. At the age of 16, he survived a suicide attempt and then learned how to navigate the world through total blindness. John also overcame years of battling addiction. Today this story fuels his artistic woodworking and serves as a beacon of light and hope in his motivational speeches. He most recently was a speaker for VANTalks at Kiggins Theatre!
John has always been interested in working with his hands. He eventually went to the School for the Blind in Salt Lake City, Utah; this is where he found his love for wood shop, a gift he shares with the world. He tells us all about adaptive woodworking skills and how he maintains his studio practice. He has also attended the Emil Fries School of Piano Technology for the Blind, where his beautiful love story with Anni Furniss began! They now reside in the Pacific Northwest...
A few episodes back, I interviewed Pack Matthews of the Soul Seat. We talked about movement, seated posture, and more. I have now been using the Soul Seat for over a month so I decided to offer my review.
Check out the Soul Seat here and get 15% off when you use the code WELLNESSFORMAKERS at checkout. https://www.ikariadesign.com/shop
Special thanks to Vacationland Music Company for creating the intro and the outro of the Wellness for Makers Podcast.
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This week we have Chloe Benjamin on the show! She is a A NY Times Bestseller, author of The Immortalists & The Anatomy of Dreams (which received the Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award), and an avid knitter. Her works have even been translated in over thirty languages!
Chloe is originally from San Francisco, CA. She has always had a passion for the arts with writing being her constant love. In college she dove deeper into this and ultimately went on to become a graduate of Vassar College and earned her M.F.A. in Fiction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2014, she published The Anatomy of Dreams and in 2018 she published The Immortalists. In addition, Chloe has always found solace in her time spent knitting. She combined both of these arts and wrote an article titled “If Knitting is Causing You Pain, Read This” (be sure to check it out!).
In this episode, we have an honest conversation with Chloe about both of...