40 Under 40 winner Matt Buell, owner, and operator of Matt Buell Design, will be taking over the Woodworking Network Instagram page August 24, giving us a first-hand look at his custom furniture shop. 
 
Buell founded m.buell Design in February 2011, offering high-quality furniture and wood accessories for residential and commercial properties in Northwest Arkansas. His company has developed a growing base of clients nationwide. He will also bring his techniques to an education session at Wood Pro Expo in Lancaster, Pennsylvania October 19-20.
 

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Achieving productivity with templated routing 

Matt Buell, who sometimes calls himself a "router template maniac," will make a presentation on templated routing at Wood Pro Expo. 


He won a prestigious 40 Under 40 award in 2016 at the International Woodworking Fair, after being nominated by a number of devoted fans. 

"He has brought the craftsmanship back into woodworking in our area," said one nomination. "His installation in city hall in Fayetteville, 
Arkansas is a beautiful art installation as well as being a functional council chamber desk set that will last for decades to come." 
 
Buell’s design-build pieces include chairs, desks, countertops, conference and dining tables, beds, credenzas, display cases, miscellaneous ornamental pieces, and a variety of other tables for all kinds of interior needs. 
 
His work also includes commercial projects for businesses and municipal buildings, including the Fayetteville, Arkansas, City Council Chambers. 
 

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Buell says his designs feature sensible, fluid lines that flow naturally and create a warm, organic aesthetic. Although eclectic at heart, many of Buell’s pieces have been characterized as mid-century modern with subtle traces of various traditional styles.

Working primarily with walnut and cherry, Buell employs the venerable methods of joinery that he believes exceed the quality achieved with fasteners. He and an apprentice create aesthetic and utilitarian pieces at his shop is located outside Fayetteville, Arkansas, at the edge of the hardwood Ozarks.     
 
His preference for traditional methods has brought him to rely greatly on the hand-held router and template routing, in his work, and he has made it a mission to test a wide number of available models. 
 
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