Artist Miles Thomson

If the kitschy brushstrokes of Miles Thomson don’t transport you to a beachside speakeasy staffed by monkey waiters serving cocktails in tiki heads, well, something must be very wrong. The Californian effortlessly blends elements of surf art, jazz iconography, cowboys and injuns, vagabonds and drunks, life and death—all that good stuff—in a lowbrow style that looks like a Hallmark card from the '50s. He’s also …

Kraus Custom Motorcycles and Choppers

Whether making birthday cakes or a 600-pound motorcycle, working from scratch like Kraus Motor Co. makes it better. Nestled among the towering redwood trees in rain-soaked northern California, this young upstart brings an independent-minded approach and incorporates skills like sculpting and gunsmithing into the five models featured on its website. But it's clear that these craftsmen—who start in the perfect realm of ideas and leave …

One Light Art Lamps

Remastering old tea sets, trumpets, helmets and more into one-of-a-kind lamps, Howard Dernberger sources treasured vintage items from the home and around town to recycle them into lamps for his line called One Light Art Lamps. Dernberger, who has been making lamps since his childhood, takes care to preserve the original object in the process of making them. It's this impeccable attention to detail that …