Joe Morgan, owner of Northwood Gallery, is a woodworker in Essex, Vermont.
"I focus creating functional, pieces that will stand the test of time. I enjoy knowing that the products I create have a functional place in the every day lives of my customers, and the potential to be heirlooms in their own time. The things I make are meant to be used, loved, beaten up. I use natural and accessible finishes and avoid using stains, so every piece can be repaired or refinished with as much ease as possible. I also strongly embrace traditional practices and use hand tools and hand rubbed finish wherever possible.
Custom orders welcome!"
"I have had a passion for wood for as long as I can remember. Playing the cello at an early age, I loved the sound it gave. The grain, texture and colors found in different woods amaze me and inspire my imagination. The respect I have for the power, beauty and contribution trees make to our planet, drive my commitment to bringing the importance and beauty of wood alive in an artistic way.
Several themes influence my artwork. I am inspired by the designs of great cultures of the past; Egyptian, Pueblo, and Inca, and by the diversity of the human race which produced these cultures. I support conservation and the preservation of all nature's flora and fauna. I believe in recycling materials to create pieces of art that will last lifetimes. Thus, I create artistic keepsakes from people’s trees that have been downed by hurricanes, tornadoes, wind or termite damage. I also use segmentation and coring techniques to conserve valuable hardwoods while creating designs that emphasize the diversity of colors in nature. I recycle construction timbers and "found" wood from both urban and rural sites that would otherwise be thrown away. The incredibly varied shapes from nature intrigue me. Mathematical curves offer an infinite variety of forms. My art unifies these themes and offers timeless beauty.
Each piece is unique, a statement of my commitment to simplicity of design, good craftsmanship and respect for this extraordinary material. I hope that my work will be collected and appreciated as a reminder of the importance of art, and the trees from which it comes, in our lives."
Skunk Hollow Studios
Russ Fellows of Skunk Hollow Studios is a wood worker in Jericho, Vermont.
A native of Springfield and great-grandson of the founder of the Fellows Gear Shaper Company, Edwin R. Fellows, I am a fourth-generation Vermonter and woodworker. I attended the Springfield Public Schools through grade nine, then finished my high-schooling at Vermont Academy in Saxtons River. I graduated from Middlebury College in 1968.
Settling in northern Vermont after graduation, my professional career evolved through many years and phases, but all my endeavors have involved building or restoration, and all those had something to do with wood! From restoring the old farmhouse in which I lived, to building homes for others, to crafting furniture and making woodenware, I have never lost my love of or focus on woodworking. Except for an occasional commission, I now exclusively make lathe pieces such as bowls, platters, vessels and sculptural pieces, which I sell in galleries in Vermont and New Hampshire. I am past president and director of Vermont's largest woodturning club and a current director of Vermont WoodNet, an association of individual and corporate wood workers and producers.
I live with my partner of over 30 years in an earth-sheltered solar home in Jericho, VT that we designed and built ourselves.
Detlev Hundsdoerfer is a woodworker in Jericho, Vermont who creates pepper mills from exotic hardwoods.
Born in Hamburg, Germany, Detlev Hundsdörfer traveled the world as a professional photographer and lives in Vermont since many years. Enjoying to work with wood, combined with his love of food and the desire to make “functional art” Detlev designs Pepper Mills and produces them here in Vermont. Each piece is unique.
Steve Rosenblum is a woodworker and master inlay artist in Hyde Park, Vermont.
Sean Malcolm Miller
Sean Miller is a woodworker in Elmore, Vermont.
"All of my woodenware is completely handmade. It is crafted from wood gathered close to home- a spoon might come from a pruned apple limb, or a blowdown cherry tree.
From there it is split, sawn, and carved into a functional & aesthetic object. I believe firmly that an act of patience is a worthy one, and that the value of what is handmade will never be surpassed by mass mechanical reproduction.
My tool marks on the work will tell a story of its making, if you are curious enough to read the signs."
"My woodworking career began when I was in my early twenties. I worked for a friend who built custom log homes (my first dovetails were made with a chainsaw). From there I went on to work for cabinetmakers, making custom kitchens and occasionally making cabinets for institutions such as schools and hospitals.
While working for other people I continued to work on my own, in my basement, making gifts for friends and family. As I improved I started to get requests to make things - a jewelry box for a friend's mother, a cabinet for a local horse farm. Before I knew it I was in business.
Since then I have continued to expand my business. I sell my work on-line and through craft galleries as well as by word of mouth. I occasionally go to shows where I get a chance to talk to people and see first hand what people find interesting. The rest of the time I'm happily puttering around in my shop.
In 2011 I moved from Boston back to Vermont. I was born here and I'm glad to be back. I now have a one-woman woodworking business in Central Vermont. I make furniture, cabinets, and yes, boxes."