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Watkins Wood Works began in 2001 with the creation of a medium-sized mahogany jewelry box for my wife. From that simple beginning it has evolved into a way to say thank you to family and friends with the creation of one of a kind gifts, keepsakes, cabinetry, furniture, and boxes. With their encouragement and support I have begun offering pieces for sale to the public; focusing on the finer details and personal attention that is put into each piece. I approach each creation and comission as a piece of art; shaping and giving it a life of its own that will provide years of enjoyment that can be passed from one generation to the next.

I take inspiration from the mountains and wilderness of Utah where I grew up; learning and honing the craft passed to me by my grandfather and father. Through their influence and direction I learned to let each piece take its own form and function, learning to work with the…

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  • Joined September 28, 2008

Favorite materials

Mahogany, Cherry, Walnut, Maple, Wenge, Bubinga, Leather, Suede, Glass, Stained Glass, Cocobolo, Ambrosia Maple

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About

Watkins Wood Works began in 2001 with the creation of a medium-sized mahogany jewelry box for my wife. From that simple beginning it has evolved into a way to say thank you to family and friends with the creation of one of a kind gifts, keepsakes, cabinetry, furniture, and boxes. With their encouragement and support I have begun offering pieces for sale to the public; focusing on the finer details and personal attention that is put into each piece. I approach each creation and comission as a piece of art; shaping and giving it a life of its own that will provide years of enjoyment that can be passed from one generation to the next.

I take inspiration from the mountains and wilderness of Utah where I grew up; learning and honing the craft passed to me by my grandfather and father. Through their influence and direction I learned to let each piece take its own form and function, learning to work with the wood and to not force a direction or design on it. I've also found inspiration in master wood workers such as Sam Maloof, David Marks, Norm Abram, Bill McDowell, James Krenov, and Art Espenet Carpenter.

I consider each piece a creation of its own, with its own lifeblood and spirit. I rarely use stains or dyes, instead allowing the grain and figure of the wood to speak its own story. I believe in using a finish that is durable enough to withstand the daily ravages of time and use, while remaining inviting to the touch and feel.

I want to personally thank you for your interest in my work and for believing in the handcrafted product. Now let's go make something together!

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