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Welcome to my shop! To create in the solitude of one's shop is the greatest gift ever bestowed, and I enjoy it wholeheartedly. The work you see here just scratches the surface of what I create every day.

Woodworking has captivated me ever since I was young. My fascination began while observing my great-grandfather and my fellow neighbor, who worked with their hands in carpentry. And, after watching Woodwright’s Shop on PBS, I was hooked – for life. I realized that with a sharp tool, a piece of wood, and a little imagination, I could create functional pieces of art. And I’ve been doing it ever since.

My workshop is located in a 100-year-old chicken coop near the shores of Lake Michigan, and its solitude is the perfect setting for my craft, which specializes in rescued and re-purposed materials. The Go Away Workshop (my Etsy shop) is a visual…

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  • Joined January 26, 2011

Favorite materials

Wood, metal, reclaimed wood, driftwood, vintage tools, red oak wood, walnut wood, black cherry wood, white oak wood, black walnut wood, recycled materials

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About

Welcome to my shop! To create in the solitude of one's shop is the greatest gift ever bestowed, and I enjoy it wholeheartedly. The work you see here just scratches the surface of what I create every day.

Woodworking has captivated me ever since I was young. My fascination began while observing my great-grandfather and my fellow neighbor, who worked with their hands in carpentry. And, after watching Woodwright’s Shop on PBS, I was hooked – for life. I realized that with a sharp tool, a piece of wood, and a little imagination, I could create functional pieces of art. And I’ve been doing it ever since.

My workshop is located in a 100-year-old chicken coop near the shores of Lake Michigan, and its solitude is the perfect setting for my craft, which specializes in rescued and re-purposed materials. The Go Away Workshop (my Etsy shop) is a visual culmination of my interests and craftsmanship, ranging from driftwood tea light holders to massive display cabinets, and even vintage tools. I care deeply about my products, which is why I seek to obtain all wood material myself. It’s a process – but one I fully enjoy.

You see, while some love watching thunderstorms, I love the aftermath. With a backpack in tow, I collect soaking wet driftwood that has washed up on the beach, and after hiking up 80 steps with the wood on my back, I dry it near my woodstove. When I need to obtain other types of wood, I acquire it through my brother’s business or from trees I salvage, mill and dry myself. I deeply believe in the value of using materials that are forgotten or discarded; often, they create the most beautiful pieces.

I individually design each of my products, letting the rugged and simplistic beauty of the wood speak for itself; my job is to simply mold it into a unique and functional piece. While I am much more experienced than my early days of watching PBS, my passion hasn’t shifted; I love woodworking and consider it an honor to do this daily.

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