Matthew Reineck: Half Iron Design

Building from the Basement

Website: Half Iron Design

I plan to speak about my current work and how to build musical instruments on a small scale, at very high quality and with limited space and resources. I'll talk not only about building wood products, but about taking full advantage of what's around you and where you live to keep the creative spirit alive. I've lived in one bedroom apartments, shared spaces, houses and in each I've been able to build and craft goods from prints, to textiles, to musical instruments. I'll share my experiences and knowledge to help people build no matter where they are in life.

Late in high school, seeking alternatives for creativity outside of the school environment, Matt began woodworking with his grandfather. The instant passion that was formed lead to the discovery of industrial design and to a degree from The Ohio State University. Upon graduation, Matt moved west to Seattle and built his first basement guitar in 2002. Rather quickly that turned into a career and Matt has worked for music companies Dusty Strings, First Act Inc. and at music video game producer Harmonix as an industrial designer. More than ten years later, a constant in Matt's life has been building, no matter the living situation or resources at hand. Half Iron Design was started in late 2012 with an emphasis on building electric guitars and ukuleles. But in the basement, anything can be built.