It's Wood is a show about all things woodworking from the tools we use, to the companies who make them and the artisans who use them. Remember, if its wood, we're good. Each episode I will talk with people from all aspects of wood, tools and woodworking.
we are going to meet Ben Sherrill. of benediction works. Ben is a fellow wood nerd who’s woodworking focus is currently on creating hand carved spoons and similar type projects. He allowed us to invade his shop this morning and we will learn all about him on this show.
On this episode I speak with Marv Vandermeer of Grown Forward an organization dedicated to saving endangered tree species from extinction in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner, I connected with Marv via the internet from his home in Canada
Michael angus Graybush is a self-proclaimed soul carver. Often using nothing but a carving knife he creates humorous faces and other character figures. A carpenter by trade until a medical emergency placed him in a position that required a new view on life as well as a bit of a career change.
Today we will spend some time with Roper from Roper Woodturning. A master wood turner and teacher, Roper passes on his experience and skill to new students. Now Expanding into YouTube he has started making video tutorials of excellent quality of craft and design to share with everyone
Jeff Taylor is a multi-book author, he has written for some of the top woodworking magazines. I am talking with him about woodworking, tools and a mind set for life we both share. We are talking online but someday I would love to visit his shop and talk for hours.
Today I am going to introduce you to Mark Downing of Atelier. With over 40 years of experience he has been a creator in so many disciplines, woodworking, metal working, design, general contracting to name just a few. We will discuss what it’s like to be a maker and how it affected his journey through life.
Today I want to introduce you to Gloria Wilson of Meraki woods.
Gloria is a long-time woodworker and sawdust therapy specialist according to her business cards. We will talk about her love of using recycled materials and what it is like to sell her items at gift shows
We will also talk about how meeting people at these shows brings her such joy.
This time on it’s wood I am speaking with Brody Cousineau of Cousineau wood products over the internet.
His company creates beautiful color laminated wood that I have been using for many years. The striking array of color combinations available make some great looking projects.
I must admit I have never found wood flooring very fascinating, little did I know the amount of design, thought and passion that can go into it. Today I am here with John Dupra of Revel woods and he is going to take us into the realm of wood floors. I hope you find this as interesting as I do now
On this episode I am revisiting John Furniss also known as the blind woodsman. This time we are joined by john’s wife Anni. She is an artist who just made the jump to making art full time. We will talk about what’s new with John and Anni as well as life as a maker couple and a lot about life. If you have not listened to john’s first interview, please check it out.
I have the great pleasure of sitting down today with Tracy Partridge-Johnson from Portland Pyrography. Pyrography is the technical term for wood burning, although it is so much more. Tracy takes this art to the level of a masterful artist.
For the longest time I have wanted to sit down with a logger and learn about where our wood comes from. I want to introduce you to Irwin Wright of High west Wood Products.
Irwin has over 35 years of experience in both logging and wood processing.
On this episode I sit down with Brodey Carpenter owner and creative designer of Dredge Design. I met Brodey on a trip to the southern coast of Oregon. Although I had to brave a winding gravel road up into the woods to get to his shop, once there it was easy to see how inspirational this location was.
On this episode I speak with Robert Frisbee from beautiful Sisters Oregon about inspiration, mistakes and how to learn from them and how he is finding joy in his wood shop after retirement from the business world.
On a journey to eastern Oregon I met Will Nash of Nash Wood in beautiful Bend Oregon. Will creates custom woodworking including carvings, instruments, cabinetry plus so much more. His array of skills is immense. His story fascinated me, I hope you enjoy this episode.
On this episode I have the unique privilege of interviewing a third-generation woodworker. Not how you might think but a third-generation student. In my first season I interviewed Gary Rogowski of the northwest woodworking studio, then I interviewed a student of Gary’s, Alexander Anderson who now runs Madrone Studio. Today I am interviewing Joshua Talbert a student at Madrone studio we will talk design, inspiration and what it is like working under a master woodworker.
I am going to introduce you to Kris Kirkman of Kirkman originals. Although by some standards he is a new woodworker with only a few years under his belt but he is creating furniture comparable with woodworkers with decades of experience. I hope you enjoy his story.
On the Last episode we spoke with Jonathan Cohen who started the Ebanista School of fine woodworking now we are going to speak with two of his students. Natzem Lima and Zac Bell have entered classes here at the school only a few weeks ago and I spoke with them about their experiences here and what brought them to the Ebanista school of fine woodworking.
On this episode we are going to speak with Jonathan Cohen who over 40 years has designed and built some amazing furniture which brought him to opening a fine woodworking school in seattle Washington where he imparts his experience to students who share his passion for this craft.
I am here in the shop of an internet personality and supreme maker who goes by the name Banzai Baby. She is a unique person who I found on twitch . My interview with Banzai is being streamed live to her audience while we talk. We will be taking questions from the audience .
Today I am going to introduce you to Uli Kirchler, a woodworker born and raised in Italy. We met in his shop and he showed me many of his works of art. Every piece he showed me blew me away. His attention to detail, his creative design all of it hallmarks of a master. He would likely disagree, but I am here to tell you he is, and I am not just saying this because he cooked me lunch. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did doing the interview.
The PNCI is where trades people learn apprentice and journeyman training for carpenters, millwrights, interior/exterior specialists and more. The program is free to students creating a unique opportunity for training and work.
Founded over 50 years ago, Uneeda specializes in abrasives for the woodworking industry. You may have never thought much about sandpaper but after this show you might think of that course piece of paper a little differently. these days.
For many years Roy Underhill has taught us that a more historical method of woodworking can be fun and enriching. I sat down with Roy and we spoke via skype about his show, his school and some of the philosophies on woodworking he has carried all his life.
As season one comes to a close we have met some amazing people and heard some wonderful stories. Come along with me and hear some highlights of this season. We will be back for season two shortly with more stories from the realms of woodworking. Remember, if its wood, its good.
Ron Hock has designed and made blades for planes as well as kits to make hand planes, kitchen knives and many more cutting products. Ron has a close relationship with the Krenov School of Fine woodworking as well. Asked to design blades by James Krenov many years ago Ron has dedicated himself and his business to making some of the most respected blades around.
In our 4th and final episode in the series on the Krenov School of fine woodworking I am talking with David Welter an instructional assistant at the school for a several decades. His experience in woodworking was a perfect addition to the school and then with the krenov foundation. David also had the honor of spending time at the school with James Krenov and he will share some stories with us.
Today I get to share some time with four students enrolled in the program at the school. This new generation of fine woodworkers made me feel encouraged that the skills we all love will continue through these passionate student who are about to tasked with carrying the flag of woodworking into the future.
On this episode I sit down with Ejler Hjorth-Westh a teacher at the Krenov School. Ejler hails from Norway and loves nature, boat building and passing on his experience to the students at the school. We sit down with some great food and drink all home made from his garden and fish he caught.
In part 1 of the series on the Krenov School of Fine Woodworking in Ft. Bragg California i'm speaking to Laura Mays the school's program director. She will tell us about the school's history and where they are headed in the future. She also explains how they are keeping the legacy of James Krenov alive and passing on his methods to new generations of fine woodworkers.
On my recent trip to fort bragg California to visit the krenov school of fine woodworking I had a chance to sit down with Brian Newell a graduate of the school. Although he claims to be a lapsed woodworker his current project is filled with woodworking, or soon will be. Brian is creating a worker space down town fort bragg and I spoke with him about his vision. Brian thanks for talking to me and welcome to it’s wood.
today I am sitting down with Kevin Drake of Glen-Drake tool works. Glen-drake tool works creates tools to last a lifetime, they are beautiful, their function is outstanding. You may be familiar with the Tite-mark marking gauge but glen-drake tool works makes many other tools and Kevin is going to tell us all about those as well as his theory of tool making.
Sustainability is a buzz-word being thrown around a lot today. Ryan Temple of Sustainable NW wood explains how his lumber yard serves both the woodworking community and the forests themselves and what sustainable should really mean.
Today you will meet John Furniss. John is a skilled wood turner who feeds his passion for woodworking by creating unique items that he sells to adoring fans. Another unique thing about John is that he is completely blind. I can hear your reaction now, how does a blind man do wood turning? Well john is going to tell us all about it.
On this episode I am spending time with Gary Leake on whidbey Island A woodworker whose passion is to search the countryside for a special one-of-a-kind, piece of timber, be it cherry (a favorite), maple, walnut or cocobolo, that has character (meaning highly figured, tigered spalted, etc) and turn it into a finely engineered and ultimately beautiful piece of furniture, so unique it is considered a work of art.
Today I sit down and talk with Jonathan Glowacki of the Portland Peppermill Company. We talk about the bravery of starting a company to do something you are passionate about and how it feeds the creative soul. Jonathan has taken creating peppermills to an artistic place and his story is fascinating.
On this episode we will hear all about the women’s woodshop in Minneapolis Minnesota. Founded by Jess Hirsch as a place for women and non-binary folks can learn shop skills in a supportive and non-discriminating environment. If you are not familiar with the term non-binary, it simply means a person who doesn’t identify as a specific gender. We will learn why this type of shop is important and how it all came to be.
On this episode i'm talking to Gary Martin, Gary has been involved in woodworking for quite a few years and has worn many hats, pattern maker, wood shop teacher and so much more. He's going to tell us all about his journey starting woodworking at age 4 years old through today.
On the final part of my 3 part series on the Port Townsend School of Woodworking I am speaking to three students enrolled in the school. Brandon Denning, Chip Gaber and Sam Allison have begun their journey into woodworking and share some of the insights they are learning in this amazing school.
On part 2 of my 3 part series on the Port Townsend school of Woodworking I am talking to Abel Isaac Dances. Abel joined the School faculty in April 2011 and has since become the lead instructor in several of the Jim Tolpin design classes and the intensive Woodworking Foundation Course. We are going to hear about these courses and what it is like to be a teacher at this amazing school.
In Part 1 of a 3 part series I am speaking to Mike Rainey the Executive Director of the Port Townsend School Of Woodworking. Located in beautiful Port Townsend Washington on the historic ex-military base Fort Worden.
On this episode you will meet Christopher B Wagner a figurative wood carver who uses reclaimed lumber whenever he can. His carvings take the form of quirky, imaginative and playful figures. From a spaceman wearing a goat mask to a well-dressed man with a tortoise on his head. His works are in many galleries and his talents are many.
This episode I am here in my home studio talking on skype with Michael D'Onofrio from Powermatic, I remember a Powermatic table saw in my grandfather’s wood shop back in the 60’s and since then I have seen their gold tools in many woodworking shops. I can’t wait to hear about their latest offering the 3520C lathe.
This episode is an interview with Inventia Designs, Buck O’kelly and Suzanne Bonham joined forces about 13 years ago and create beautiful new furniture together as well as restorations and modifications to existing furniture.
The talent possessed by either of them compliments the other to become more than the sum of the parts.
When Suzanne begins the design process and buck starts building the magic happens. Buck, Suzanne, welcome to it’s wood and thank you for taking the time to talk to me.
On this episode, I’m going to interview Gregory Miller of Gregory Miller guitars.
He creates fine handcrafted classical guitars and There is simply no doubt that the art of the luthier is alive and thriving in this woodshop.
The detail and love that goes into these instruments is truly amazing.
I sit down with Chris Nilluka, the manager of my local Rockler store. Rockler has been described as the woodworker's candy store and I agree. Chris will tell us how Rockler got started and all about what they carry and so much more.
On this episode I'm talking to Frank Howarth, a talented woodworker and prolific YouTuber who has over 200 videos and nearly 400,000 followers on his channel Frank Makes. We will learn about how this all came to be.
On this episode I talk with John Economaki of Bridge City Tool Works. His unique design sense is as impressive as the tools he produces. Bridge City Tool Works has been in business since the 80's and has created a following that has keeps his unique business model alive.
Jim Bromagem is a master toy maker. He create beautifully designed trucks, tanks, cars and so many other items. He sells his wares at gift fairs and we will hear all about how this works as well as his experiences with woodworking.
Gary Rogowski talks about his new book "Handmade - Creative Focus in the Age of Distraction. A memoir and tale of his life's journey becoming a world class woodworker and teacher at his school The Northwest Woodworking Studio.
Terry Bostwick is an artist, designer and a master woodworker. His designs are inspired by nature and the world around him. I talk to him about some of these inspirations and how he became a masterful woodworker.
On this episode I sit down with Steven Miller, owner of Hippo Hardware a rebuilder's paradise. He talks about taking a simple junk store into a Portland icon for antique hardware, plumbing and lighting brought back from the brink of the land fill. He also tells us about his view of the modernization of the local landscape and why this is not necessarily a good thing
today I talk with Sony Felberg about his passion for the cigar box guitar and other eclectic guitar designs. We learn the origin of these unique guitars and how Sony started creating them in his studio Chickiboom Guitars.
On this episode I sit down with master craftman of Madrone Studio and the President of The Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. We talk about his school and his philosophy of teaching. He also tells us about The Guild of Oregon Woodworkers and why these organizations are so valuable within the woodworking community.