Alice Suszynski has been a professional woodworker since she was accepted as an apprentice into the United Brotherhood of Carpenters in 1975. She has built everything from commercial and residential cabinetry to fine furniture and started designing custom furniture after taking classes in the Furniture Design program at San Diego State University, where she was inspired under the expert eye of Wendy Maruyama. Alice began competing in the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Assocation Design in Wood competition in San Diego in 1990 and was honored to receive a nice array of ribbons and in 2003 won the Best in Show award for her arts and crafts chandelier. The Arts & Crafts aesthetic has always influenced Alice's designs. She and her husband, Ed Suszynski, have recently collaborated on a line of limited edition jewelry boxes. Their website is www.dreammountainstudio.com.
The Astragal Press, is a small, independent press located in Mendham, NJ. It was founded by Martyl and Emil Pollak in 1983 to publish books, at affordable prices, for those interested in antique tools and early trades and technologies. They publish new works as well as reprints of out-of-print classics, and have developed into one of the principal resources for those interested in areas such as antique tool collecting, metalworking, carriage building, early science and early trades.
Barbara Howell builds a variety of display cases and collectible cabinets. Her work is all over the United States and in several countries internationally. Barbara restricts her work mostly to hardwoods preferring to work in oak, cherry and walnut. Most recently, Howell wrote a book about her life as a female woodworker, and her book, "Splinters" can be found on her Web site at www.SplintersBook.com.
Caril Chasens creates innovative wood sculpture and digital collages
utilizing carved wood sculpture element. She also offers woodcarving
tutorials. Carli is based in British Columbia, Canada.
Carving in New York City
Maura Macaluso is a native New York City artist and traditional American woodcarver, specializing in custom designs and carvings. She found her passion for wood at the feet of her grandfather as a small child. In his little shed in upstate New York, they whittled, sawed, made things and burnt wood in the little potbelly stove he had. At age 40, an injury sidelined her, and her love of wood and art came together as an accident in her small basement workshop. She became a self-taught, obsessed woodcarver, who has since studied with other carvers and is currently a New York City Parks Department woodcarving instructor. She has created award-winning wood sculptures, carvings, paintings, pyrography and woodworks.She also has a page at http://mycarvingclub.com/mauramacaluso
Caz Foster is a self-taught craftswoman/artist in wood with a studio in the Northumberland countryside. The rolling hills, immense skies and rugged coastline of Northumbria and Scotland, together with the beautiful and diverse wildlife, forms much of the inspiration for her work in wood sculpture, turnery and watercolor paintings. A lifetime's love affair with expressing herself in wood has included sculpture, woodcarving, turnery, joinery, cabinetmaking, carpentry and teaching woodwork to women and the odd nephew or niece. Projects have ranged from a mug tree and solid wood cabinets and tables to fencing, wooden sheds,designing and building her home (in masonry but with all timber work, first and second fix, etc. done by herself) to sculptures, turnery and watercolors (paper is made from wood), etc. Some of her work is available for sale directly online at Wood Echoes.
The Chainsaw Chix represent the Women's division of the Masters gorup of chainsaw carvers and include performance carvers from all over the world.l Stephanie Huber, who studied woodcarving in Bavaria, represents Germany. Representing the United States is Lisa Foster. Alicia Charlton from Canada has a background in stone carving. Angela Polglaze from Australia has won numerous chainsaw carving awards. The Chainsaw Chix carve in competitive events and also do live performances and demonstrations.
Christine Coffman has been carving for 44 years, since she was 12. Christine was first taught to carve by her father in 1963. Self-taught from that time, her style has become distinct and reflective of her North European heritage. Linden wood is used due to the perfect pairing of its properties to her needs. Butternut wood is used for its interesting grain patterns. Some of her carvings are whimsical. Some are serious. In each carving she attempts, she hopes that people will see reflected in her work the satisfaction she derives from carving.
Eugénie Giasson has been designing and building furniture for over 15 years. Her plans are designed to help the average craft person to build beautiful furniture using a simple glue, screw and cap method. They feature fun and easy carving using a hand held rotary tool. Eugénie's motto is: You can build it, I can help. Beautiful furniture, made simple. She sells her plans on Sawtooth Ideas and her furniture on Etsy. She also has a woodworking blog where she gives advice on simple woodworking, finishing techniques, how to sand blast glass and anything to do with building beautiful, unique furniture.
Final Turn Studio
The Final Turn Adirondack studio artists, Cherie and Rob Lasher are a husband and wife team who lathe turn spalted and highly figured hardwoods into exquisite, one-of-a-kind "Northrnlights" lamps and vases. They harvest ancient logs aging on the forest floor, yielding wood with vibrant grain markings from weather, insect tracks, spore marks and pressure fussures. These qualities enhance the unique character of maple, birch, elm, oak, ash, hardhack and walnut. Tiger and curly maple designs are a specialty.
Lamps and vases are finished naturally, stained or artistically hand painted by Cherie. Cherie also collects fresh leaves and designs hand painted "Botanical Leaf" shades to complement the distinctive features of each lamp.
Brooke Coe started Huh? Designs in 2003 after working in advertising for years and burning out. She longed to be with her two incredibly unique and creative boys and husband so she turned her woodworking passion into a business. Creating fun, functional and truly unique furniture pieces quickly got her clients, TV appearances and gallery showings. Soon after, the woodworking expanded into Interior Design and she began furnishing both private homes and professional work environments with fun and quirky designs. Her inspiration comes from 'Beetlejuice meets Dr. Seuss', so you get an idea that there isn't anything boring about this girl! Following her motto of "The only truly unforgivable sin in life is to be boring," she chooses to Be Different and that shows in her work. She has recently expanded her love of woodworking and many of the trades into empowering women's wear with Her-Wear.com, combining the dichotomy of seemingly opposite labels (construction and femininity) in a fun, stylish and sassy way.
Jaime Boulanger-Whear has been a woodworker all of her life, working in the shop with her father. Recently she has found that her niche and love is in the wonderful world of wood turning. She has just started a business in Western Massachusetts making high-end pens, pencils and other small items. She is in the beginning stages of turning bowl and small boxes.
Jan Walker discovered marquetry about a dozen years ago, but was discouraged to find no up-to-date information on the craft. Being stubborn, she scratched along, learning how to work with veneer on her own. She now teaches marquetry and has developed a beginner's DVD to save others the frustration of having to learn things the hard way - by mistakes. She also designs marquetry kits and patterns. This work has turned into a passion for her.
Janet A. Collins, furniture maker, specializes in building traditional furniture. Most pieces are built on commission and many feature turning, carving or inlay. In addition to building furniture, she teaches workshops in furniture making.
JoAnn Schuch Woodworking
JoAnn Schuch got into woodworking because she wanted great furniture, and she thought she could make better than what she saw in stores. After years of learning on her own, with the help of books and the the advice of whoever was oldest guy in the lumberyard, she now builds a high-end product.
Kat Cat Intarsia
Kathy lives on the coast of Oregon and has been doing intarsia for five years. She is self-taught and loves the attention to detail required for intarsia. She creates intarsia items from patterns and as custom pieces.
Knox Mountain Woodworking of VT
Knox Mountain Woodworking of Vermont, located at the foot of Knox Mountain in Orange, Vermont, was established as a result of the longtime dream of Sue McLam to create works of beauty, strength and usefulness in the Early American Country style of furniture. Working with North American hardwoods such as cherry, maple, oak, hickory, and walnut, her furniture is built to last for generations.
Little Cedar Log Homes
Debbie & Alan Smithey run a small family business constructing log homes and cabins. While offering a full range of construction services in Missouri, they also offer "enclosed shell" services in surrounding states. Each home is built one at a time, and on average, takes them six to eight months to complete. They'll also do frame construction, additions, remodeling, and more... but really love building log homes!
A lighting designer by training, Robyn Mierzwa has enjoyed woodworking and furniture design "on the side" for years.
Wanting to share her passion for designing, building and crafting with others, she started Makeville Studio, "a hands-on lab for craft,building, art and invention". We offer classes, workshop space, and tools with a special focus on giving beginning woodworkers a solid foundation in tool operation, safety and techniques. Everyone should experience the deep satisfaction that comes with
making something with your own two hands. Furniture, lighting,decorative and functional objects, art...Given the right tools and the knowledge how to use them, you'll be amazed at what you can create!
Mission Oak Design
Connie Slagle started this business several years ago with nothing more than a circular saw and a piece of oak. She built elevated dog feeders. Since then, she has grown to sell Mission furniture nationwide. She worked in sub-zero weather. She worked in temperatures reaching over 95 degrees.
She learned all about oak by researching the Internet. If she needed to build a piece of furniture, she looked at it and drew a picture in her mind during her sleep. Jumped out of bed the next morning and built it, if it's not right, she builds it again until it is right.
Old Skool Wooden Tattooz
Mona M. Hammel has worked all her life and raised four children. She is now a grandmother of eight and proud of it. Her children, her parents and her grandchildren are her inspiration for a lot of her work in woodworking ideas. When health issues kept her at home about 12 years ago, she started doing woodworking. Her fiance taught her a lot about woodworking. Now she feels she could make about anything that she set her mind to: it is a hobby for her and she so loves it. She also realized how when one does woodworking or some form of art, they seem to appreciate all sorts of art. Through drawing and making the different items that she has made she also realizes it is limitless. This gives her a chance to make gifts for everyone. She has also started a website and ebay store and would like to expand into children's room decor -- she has done several pieces for her grandchildren. Men cannot believe she as a woman can use electric tools. The reaction that she gets is really strange sometimes, and they say the craziest things. Like "does someone cut that stuff out for you." NNNOOOOOO, they do not. She does it all herself, thank you.
Christina and Wayne Prinn have been doing woodworking for 7 years. They do handcrafted intarsia (designed by Christina) as well as patterns for those wishing to make their own works of art. Intarsia takes many long and demanding hours of work;: first you must choose the proper colors and grains of the woods. All intarsia artwork is done with natural wood selections, from cedar, pine, poplar, walnut, cherry and oak. Then the groundwork must be carved, lowered and trenched. Next the wood is cut, sawed and sliced into tiles and these tiles are set one at a time, in a bed of glue. Finally the inlaid surface is sanded, rubbed down, and burnished, creating a lovely decorative piece.
Sculpture in Wood (Caril Chasens)
Caril Chasens lives up in the bush 35K from Hazelton British Columbia, a small Canadian town a bit more than 55 degrees north. She carries water in buckets from the creek, writes with her computer on her lap, and fires up a generator when she needs to go online. Sometimes she makes ridiculous statements about casting molten wood.
Smoky Mountain Woodworks
Smoky Mountain Woodworks is nestled on the western face of Piney Mountain, a foothill of the Great Smoky Mountains in the Cherokee National Forest. From this small woodshop, full-time woodworkers Doug and Marie Bittinger create fine accessories for the home. Marie does most of the design work, Doug figures out how to make them real, and they build them together.
Stacy Pettit and her husband work side by side in their shop producing early American furniture replicas. What started out as a hobby building small birdhouses to sell at small trade shows to help pay school tuition developed into a very lucrative business in the last 13 years. They started a company called Just Primitive furniture. As their woodworking skills developed, they started self manufacturing furniture and selling to stores and retail customers across the United States and Canada. As an experienced female woodworker, Stacy's advice to women across the world who would like to know more about the trade is as follows: 1.) Don't put your fingers near the saw. 2.) Duck when a board is coming at you. 3.) The correct term is router blade, not rooter.(this is good to know if you have to buy a new one) 4.) Move your thumb when the hammer is on its way down. The most important advice is not to be afraid to learn and love what you do. There are no limits to our capabilities. We are strong, smart and creative individuals who in time will have knowledge with small steps to greater accomplishments.
"TEXAS~OnBoard" came about when Martha J. Roberts asked her Daddy to build a birdhouse for her. Being the wise man he is, he told her to come on over and he would show her how.
And sure enough, he had a shiny circular saw waiting for her when she arrived. She has since used recycled and reclaimed wood along with other oddities to decorate Texas flags, birdhouses and feeders, garden benches, butterfly baths and anything else she can figure out (and accquired a pretty fair collection of power tools, too!) Martha's Daddy started a whole lot more than just a little birdhouse that day....
Sylvia Cook is a chainsaw carver who makes totem poles and animal carvings. She has been carving for seven years and has been on a few TV shows and published in creative woodworks and crafts magazines and also about 20 newspapers all over the country. She likes to carve cedar logs that have already been taken down for some reason. She does not cut trees down just to carve; that would be sinful. She also uses sanders and grinders for the details and likes to paint her carvings. Some carvers like the natural wood grains, but Sylvia likes colors. She travels all over the country to carve totem poles for golf courses, summer camps, restaurants, bait shops, mini golf course and amusement parks. my web page is GardenSculptureArt.com my email is WeMakeTotemPoles@aol.com
Victoria Woodcock has been hooked on working with wood since she carved a small sailing ship when she was 12 years old. She has spent most of her woodworking career producing handmade furniture, but as she got busy over the years with children and work, she eventually gave it up. Several years ago, she found herself unemployed during the recession and returned to woodworking, this time as a woodturner. Last year, she launched Selkie Wood Works. She produces handmade kitchenware and, for her knitting friends, darning eggs, and she works mainly with domestic hardwoods.
Wood New England
For over six years, Wood New England has been owned and operated by Susan and Rick Thibault in beautiful western Massachusetts. Their first items were solid wood mantle clocks with exquisite brass encased clockworks; the wood used was reclaimed oak and yellow pine from a 250-year-old southern New England factory building. They branched out with cherry and quartersawn oak Shaker- and Mission-inspired items -- planters, tables, mirrors -- and in July 2001, added Western red cedar Adirondack furniture and kits to their product line. And, although their Adirondack furniture is very popular, they still find time to fill custom furniture requests.
Wooden-box-maker.com is a site for woodworkers of all levels, as well as anyone interested in boxes. The site ranges from box styles (Shaker boxes, band saw boxes) to famous boxes (Thomas Jefferson's lap desk, Pandora's box). It covers how to make boxes as well as tangents such as women woodworkers photosynthesis and maple sugaring. Kate Taylor is the proprietor of the site.
Jason and Angela Frantz build custom cabinets and furniture in the St. Louis area. As a small shop, they focus attention on every piece produced. From fireplace mantles to bathroom vanities, libraries and offices, they can build it. They use only quality products such as 3/4" hardwood panels, native and exotic hardwoods, and environmentally friendly waterborne finishes. If a client has their heart set on a small, hard-to-find detail, they'll do everything they can to make the project something to smile about for the next 50 years.
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