About Tim Corbett and Joshua Sledge
Tim is a designer and toolmaker living and working in Brooklyn. He keeps a sculpture studio under a train trestle near a heavily polluted canal, and spends a good deal of his time pulling interesting bits of metal out of his bicycle tires.
Fifteen years ago, Tim came to New York from his home in Florida to attend The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. While an art student there and on exchange at The Slade School of Art in London, Tim learned that he was the worst sort of metal geek: the old-fashioned kind. After college, he cut his teeth at the workbench restoring antique electric light fixtures, and fabricating elaborate installation pieces for his friend and mentor Lorenzo Clayton.
Nowadays he’s the principle designer at Gramercy Tools, a New York brand specializing in high-end hand saws and other tools for woodworkers and period furniture makers. Ask him anything you might like to know about saws.
Tim believes that drawing is the foundation of design, and that people who need help making things deserve someone kind to ask. He maintains his personal studio in service to this philosophy and heartily enjoys playing host to the projects of his friends and colleagues.
Originally from Texas, Joshua earned a Master of Fine Arts, Sculpture Concentration, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After a stint teaching art at high school and junior college levels, he began developing his fabrication skills professionally.
He apprenticed in the fabrication shop of a technology start-up in Alexandria, VA where he began learning the metalworking technology and skills that have been the cornerstone of his career.
Coming to New York in 2004, Joshua has had the privilege to work for some of the finest metal fabrication firms in the city. He is currently Manager for Special Projects at Kammetal of Red Hook, Brooklyn. There he has lead the production of stainless details for 1 World Trade Center, dozens of unique furniture and hardware pieces, and the “Compartment Earth” sculpture, recently installed at the new RBC tower in Toronto.
“I’m a very hands-on project manager,” he says. “When leading the building of something unusual, I believe it’s vital to be able to ‘act and direct’, so to speak. My approach is always to get my own hands dirty, to lead by example and to share my knowledge with the younger metalworkers as much as possible. There’s a great satisfaction that comes from making something that’s never been done before, and doing it to the best of my abilities.”