Michael Barchalk received his BFA in Industrial Design in 2006 and since then has been expanding his knowledge of product design and product development. He also spend much of his off time working in his woodshop creating everything from cutting boards to large scale furniture pieces. ChalkcraftLLC., located in Akron Ohio, focuses on designing and delivering custom wooden furniture, toys, and more. Working in the college woodshop enabled Michael to continue developing his meticulous craftsmanship skill, breadth of knowledge about woodworking techniques and, passion for design. Michael has also served as an intern at Little Tikes, where he worked on creating new lines of toys for pre-school kids. His job included sketching, model making, kid testing, marketing research, competitor’s research, group meetings, and all around a lot of learning from design professionals. He enjoyed the comraderie he shared at the design office. His drafting and sketching abilities enable him to quickly create and idea and then straight to the model shop for child safe models. This experience made Michael a very thoughtful and creative product designer. In February of 2008, Mike began working for JSL international as a custom wood designer. With a team of employees, he assisted with and led his own design builds from initial sketches to finished products. While at JSL international Michael work on many high end furniture pieces including “Lebron James: office desk. Michael is currently working for SMC Ltd. Design Dynamics in Twinsburg, Ohio. While designing for SMC Michael has been able to develop his skills in many areas such as: concept development, human factors, prototyping, engineering, manufactering, and product testing. Michael is also able to assist a very talented team in the development of state of the art Medical devices.

Work Samples

Work History

  • Industrial Designer

    • SMC Ltd
    • Dec 2011 - Present (2 years 7 months)

    Michael is currently working for SMC Ltd. Design Dynamics in Twinsburg, Ohio. While designing for SMC Michael has been able to develop his skills in many areas such as: concept development, human factors, prototyping, engineering, manufactering, and product testing. Michael is also able to assist a very talented team in the development of state of the art Medical devices.

  • Owner & designer/craftsman

    • ChalkCraft LLC.
    • May 2006 - Present (8 years 2 months)

    ChalkcraftLLC., located in Akron Ohio, focuses on designing and delivering finely finished cabinetry, turnings, furniture pieces, and traditional as well as modern wooden toys. No matter what the demand, Barchalk has been able to design both from a traditional and modern standpoint with the customer's aesthetic in mind. If you are interested in learning more about the line and availability of current products, or would like to commission Chalkcraft to produce a piece you've been looking to own, go to chalkcraft.com.

  • Designer

    • JSL International
    • May 2008 - Feb 2009 (9 months)

    Michael worked for JSL international as a custom wood designer. With a team of employees, he assisted with and led his own design builds from initial sketches to finished products. While at JSL international Michael work on many high end furniture pieces including “Lebron James: office desk.

  • Design Consultant

    • The Little Tikes Company
    • Oct 2007 - May 2008 (7 months)

    Toy designer. Sketched new concepts, present verbal/visual concept to marketing and engineering staff, manage my own projects, create models, ergonomic testing, daycare testing and working on team projects.

    I've also learned all about rotational molding and other plastic manufacturing techniques.

Education

  • Columbus College of Art & Design

    • BFA industrial design
    • 2002 - 2006
  • Jackson Township High School

    • Arts
    • 1998 - 2002

Specialties

Affiliations

IDSA

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