Dominique Tutwiler was born and raised in Oakland, California. All Oaksmith products are designed and hand crafted in the Richmond district of San Francisco. The Apothecarium’s Boutiques are exclusive stockists of the Highland Rolling Trays. Each tray comes in a gift box and has a matching wood scraper for $80. We recently had the opportunity to interview Dominique about her art and process!
How did you get into woodworking?
My first job while attending college was at a hardware store. I learned the basics of general construction, and learned how to use shop machinery and power tools. I helped build custom props for the window displays and in-store fixtures. From there I transitioned into product development for a few different home goods retailers, including Crate & Barrel and Restoration Hardware. I realised that I did not like a lot of what was being mass-produced for consumers and wanted to make custom, handmade pieces for people to bring into their home.
What inspired you to make rolling trays?
I wanted to design a piece that was beautiful enough to be displayed when not in use, blending seamlessly with home decor. There are so many products being produced in the cannabis industry that are over-engineered, sacrificing aesthetics.
What was your process in designing the tray?
I began by thinking of what elements would be essential to a good rolling tray. The two grooves, created by 35 degree bevels, are simple at first glance. Visually, they give the tray symmetry and a sense of balance, while also serving important functions. First, they provide a cradle for your rolling papers. Alternatively, they create a channel to gather fresh ground flower and funnel it into a pipe.
What are you working on next?
Currently, I am working on getting some of my pieces into small shops and boutiques around the Bay Area! Follow Oaksmith Furniture on Instagram for updates. @oaksmithfurniture