Hossle Woodworks

Hossle Woodworks

About The Artist

Justin Hossle • Minneapolis, MN

I am a one-person designer and craftsman in Minneapolis, creating mid-century modern/minimalist furniture and decor. I'm a self-taught artist and I work in the heart of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. I design & build modern furniture and decor that will last for generations. My signature exposed Baltic birch edges, eye-popping joints, and unique wood tones energize classic materials and add some serious soul. My designs are simple and clean- I strip down every design to the most essential elements, removing all unnecessary. I work with, not against, geometry and the finishes I use leave the wood with a natural, matte feeling. My designs are timeless yet distinctively modern all at once. In addition, I'm on a mission of sustainability, using natural finishes, sourcing the highest quality and most responsibly manufactured materials, and planting a tree for every product sold thanks to a partnership with One Tree Planted.


Artist website

Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

My work is made using modern woodworking tools - table saws, routers, planers, sanders, etc. I typically work with Baltic birch, a 13 layer manufactured material with two layers of solid wood veneer on the outside. Often, I will stack these sheets and create my own engineered product, which I call "Edge Grain Baltic birch", where only the striped layers of the birch are visible, which creates a unique pattern and look. This process is labor intensive but is something that is not done by many other people. I finish my work with natural oils and waxes, which leaves the items with a soft, matte look and feel.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

I found woodworking by accident, but as soon as I started creating with my hands, I knew I was where I was supposed to be. It brings me joy to construct the pieces, and I love using wood because it's a natural, living material. Knowing that the colors will become richer and more vibrant with time is exciting to me, and knowing that I have to account for the movement that the wood will go through over the years is an especially exciting challenge. After finding this passion, I soon left my regular job (which was in live theater) to pursue this passion full time, and I haven't looked back since.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

My processes and styles are completely instinctual and self-taught. I've taken no classes on design, woodworking, or business for that matter. Every step of the way, I've relied on trial, error and experimentation to create my pieces, my building techniques, and my business strategies. Many of my techniques felt revolutionary to me when I began using them, only to find out later that they were tried and true woodworking practices. Discovering something new to ME is exciting, even if it's not new to the craft.