My father was always a builder in his work and his off time. Always with a carpentry shop in his basement I learned the art of building things. Wanting a change in life from working in a cubicle in the city. I moved back to the country and began working outdoors in the construction industry. I started framing homes with a crew and eventually did just about everything from pouring foundations to putting on shingles, from installing bathtubs and pulling wire to helping install kitchen counter tops and cabinets.
I eventually turned my attention from building homes to building Pilates equipment. Well if Joe could do it why not me! So I ordered plans. The plans for the reformer came from Anthony Lett of Australia. I had access to a professional wood workshop with all the equipment – saws, drill press, sanders, planers, a computerized laser cutting machine and more.
Below shows the designs I chose. Solid wood frames with modern, lite weight, portable designs. I no longer make Pilates equipment, I leave it up to the established companies. It was, however, I great learning experience and I now understand and appreciate well built Pilates equipment.
I believe Pilates equipment should become more light weight and portable enabling instructors to provide home visits, by bringing the equipment to the clients home or yard.
Reformer: studio or rehab heights, including adjustable foot and spring bar, built in standing platform, cotton foot/hand loops, adjustable ropes and risers and 5 springs with tensions of your choice. Long box additional charge.
Stability Chair: solid wood ‘exo’ frame cut out side panels make this piece lighter and easier to move, two heavy springs in a single or split pedal design, custom heights. Handles extra.
Ladder Barrel: Classic design following original format, sliding base to accommodate different heights or leg lengths, standard black upholstery with double padding for extra comfort. Vertical and horizontal padded foot plates extra.
Spine Corrector: Following classical design format but with an elongated arch to fit more body sizes, standard black upholstery with double padding for extra comfort. Addition of sockets and spring arms for resistance based repertoire additional charge.
Arc Barrel: Classic design, light weight, with standard black upholstery.