With nearly 30 years of experience in high-end residential woodwork, Tim Howell started his own shop in 1998, called HahaSoso.  In this pod-cast, Tim discusses his entry into carpentry apprenticeship, and the origins of HahaSoso.   

HahaSoso, located in Los Angeles and run by craftsman Tim Howell, specializes in Japanese and minimal styles. Design services and/or shop drawings available. Commissions accepted.

Originally from St. Louis Missouri and raised in Chicago, Tim studied sculpture at the University of Kansas under Phil Blackhurst.  After school, returning to Chicago Tim became an apprentice with Pyramid Construction.  Initially as a day job to support artmaking, he became engrossed in the construction process.  Later, allowed to use John Okamura’s shop on Ogden Avenue he learned to make shoji.  In 1997 Tim moved to Portland, Oregon for design and fabrication of traditional Japanese structures and furniture for Kurisu International under Hoichi Kurisu.

 After establishing HahaSoso in Portland, Tim relocated to Los Angeles in July of 2000.

“My work comes from the interplay between authority, mystery, and clarity. I feel that when these three are present, the best form is represented. As integers in an equation the result is often minimal, void of decoration, emphasizing a property rather than a quality, with Miles Davis somewhere in there too.” Be sure to check out a sample of Tim’s beautiful work in the Form Shop.




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