Brendan was born and raised in Côte d’Ivoire, where one of his earliest memories of making something was building a swimming platform and water slide with his father for the weekends his family spent at the Ébrié Lagoon. When he was eight, Brendan's family moved to Washington, D.C., where his father became chief curator of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.

While studying Sculpture at Oberlin College, Brendan led the design and construction of a timber frame barn on his family’s property in Maine, where together with his siblings he founded Islesford Boatworks, a nonprofit youth boat building program. He served as the program’s first boatbuilding educator and is currently president of the board.

After several years lobster fishing on the Pandora and the Amy Yvonne, Brendan completed his master's degree in Industrial Design at Rhode Island School of Design and then decamped in 2010 for Los Angeles, drawn by the thriving network of fabricators in Southern California. That same year he established the Studio to create products that have meaning beyond aesthetics and trend.

Recent projects include the 10x10 Tea House built in 2015-16, the Sea Sauna, a cedar-shingled sauna built on a finger float during the pandemic summer of 2020, and the historic renovation of the Blue Duck, a National Park Service building in Islesford, Maine.

Since its founding in 2010, the Studio has grown from Brendan working alone in a spare bedroom to 15+ talented humans working out of the Studio's 17,000 square foot building in the Glassell Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

After graduating from Oberlin, Brendan moved to Maine where he got a job lobster fishing for the Little Cranberry Lobster Co-Op. In between fishing for two different captains, Brendan took a year off to lead the construction of an 840-square-foot timber frame barn on the family property. The experience led Brendan to discover his passion for craft-based education.

Since 2006, Brendan has spent summers building boats at Islesford Boatworks, a nonprofit youth program started by Brendan and his siblings. Run out of the family barn in Maine for its first 12 years, the program achieved an important milestone in 2018 when it moved into its own waterfront home, the "Blue Duck." Scroll right for more.   

In 2018, Islesford Boatworks secured a lease from the National Park Service to occupy and manage the Blue Duck, an old ship chandlery situated on the water's edge in Islesford, Maine. The 1850 timber frame building had fallen into disrepair over the years, with windows boarded up and rooms divided. Brendan worked with a team of staff and volunteers over several summers to restore the building to its original floor plan while updating it to house the Islesford Boatworks boatbuilding shop and island hardware store.

Today Brendan and his family live in Los Angeles, spending summers in Maine. Their home in Echo Park was designed by Austrian architect Rudolph Schindler in 1938, and restored by Brendan and his wife Margie. 

After graduating from Oberlin, Brendan moved to Maine where he got a job lobster fishing for the Little Cranberry Lobster Co-Op. In between fishing for two different captains, Brendan took a year off to lead the construction of an 840-square-foot timber frame barn on the family property. The experience led Brendan to discover his passion for craft-based education.

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