Jiri Kalina's Profile
Welcome. My name is Jiri and I am crazy about wood. I have been crafting handmade furniture since I was knee-high. My dad was a skilled woodcarver and my grandfather worked on occasional projects restoring wooden parts on churches. It was genetically determined that their passion would rub off on me. My father taught me much when I was growing up in the Czech Republic. The first esthetic piece I ever made was a rocking chair.
Emigrating to the US was a challenge for me but I was able to focus on my hobbies of music, poetry and also my wood crafts which helped me through. I now work in Wilmington, North Carolina as an antique restorer mainly but also work on my own projects.
Wood evokes so many emotions. It is an ever living material that tells the story of human life throughout history. Can you imagine life without wood? What would man have done…
- Joined December 12, 2011