MARKWORX

Custom Woodworking for Everyone

New Orleans, Louisiana | 5 Sales

MARKWORX

Custom Woodworking for Everyone

New Orleans, Louisiana 5 Sales On Etsy since 2018

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Mark F.

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About

Where it all began..

While I've always been crafty, woodworking didn't become a thing for me until 2014,
after my dad's 80th birthday. For his 80th there was a huge party with family and
friends from all over. I flew 2000 miles to be there, my first time flying. The entire
thing was magical and memorable. After it was over and done with and I was back
home, I started thinking about his 81st birthday.
There wasn't going to be a big party, and people wouldn't be coming from all over. I
wouldn't be attending either. I wanted to do something special though. I decided I
would make something from the heart for him. While he was a crew-chief on H-19
helicopters in the Air Force and a race car driver afterwards, his later years were
occupied mostly with watching the stock market, occasionally going RVing, and gardening. I couldn't do much for the first two, but I could help him with his
gardening.
His vegetable garden was a labor of love for him, and he would order seed packets and keep them everywhere. I decided a nice box to organize them in would be perfect. I researched the size of seed packets and designed a box with a divider that would keep two rows of seed packets, along with a hinged lid that had a small compartment for humidity control and a larger one for the bigger postcard size packets that seed sometimes come in.
At the time, all I had was a drill, a circular saw, and a jig saw. I built a workbench,
mounted the circular saw to the bottom and plunged the blade through the table..
straight up. With a couple pieces of wood screwed together and clamped at either end of the bench to work as a fence, I had my first table saw. I got myself a Japanese style pull saw and some clamps and started building a box.
My gift for his 81st birthday arrived a little late, but he loved it. So did the rest of the
family. Soon after one of my sisters commissioned a small box for a coworker. I made a guitar stand for my fiance at the time and eventually a small wooden boat for a friends five year old. Evidently Spiderman and Ironman go into the tub at bath time, and I just couldn't let them risk drowning, or that shiny armor rusting. I'm now evidently Santa Clause to at least one child in New Orleans, as only Santa makes handmade wooden toys.
Since then we moved from a second floor apartment (did I not mentioned all that was done in a second floor apartment? Oh yeah, neighbors loved me) into a cottage with a detached garage. I've made numerous boxes of various sizes and complexity (including a toy box with an internal locking mechanism), a labyrinth game, plenty of furniture, floating shelves, a pergola and a boat. A real one this time.
Oh, and plenty of small stuff too. You should see our inventory.

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  • Mark Ferreira

    Owner, Designer, Maker

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