Don M. Augstein

After a successful career as a general contractor in Marin County, Don M. Augstein began Indigo Wood and Metalsworks (IWM). Don is an artist, craftsman and furniture designer. His passion for design and fine detail; working with wood, metal and colorful glass are the inspiration that brought IWM to life. Don makes custom tables and cabinets that are individual, functional, and compliment their new environment; a welcome addition to your lifestyle.
Don works one on one with clients from concept to installation. Whether it is living room or kitchen cabinets, home or office tables, you will be pleased with the beauty, graceful lines and livability of your masterpiece. Don is one of the founding members and serves on the board of directors of Art Works Gallery Co-op in historic downtown Grass Valley. Several of his pieces are shown at the gallery. He is a member of Nevada County Arts and also a master member of The Baulines Craft Guild in San Rafael. Don has a shop in Grass Valley, California where all products are made. If you are ever in the area, contact Don and you will be welcome to come by and see his shop and latest work.
He is fortunate to be passionate about his work. He does not begin any project knowing exactly what the end result will be. The general idea is always there, however, change is inevitable. He’s never without a sketchbook so he is constantly adding new and revisiting old drawings. Sometimes the drawings are left in the sketchbook and other times they develop into detailed pieces. His greatest satisfaction is seeing the natural beauty of wood, the balance, the form and the sustainabilty transformed into artistic furnishings. Raised in New York and being the curious type, heĀ explored many avenues from building a kit boat when he was ten, which many happy days on the lake were spent, to an Austrailian designed boat in college and later building modern furniture with Louis Brown. His background coupled with his love of architecture led him to a successful career in residential remodeling and design. Over the years he was inspired by various clients to create furnishings for their homes and that is where Indigo Wood and Metalworks came to life.
Since 2000 Don has been designing and building tables, cabinets, and fun sculpture on speculation and commission. He enjoys exploring with various woods, blending them together, adding soft metal, and sometimes colorful glass. His work can be seen at various art shows and Art Works Gallery Co-op in Grass Valley, California. He is happy to make appointments. When in the Gold Country stop by Grass Valley, visit his shop and see his latest work. He is always working on something new.

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