Roger & Jackie Becker

2012-08-28T18:18:41+00:00August 28th, 2012|Wood|

Retired after 39 years as a United Methodist pastor, Roger Becker headed to his Sun Prairie, WI woodshop to refine his technique in making carved Santas. His wife Jackie soon joined him, painting the figures then learning to carve for herself. The pair produce charming [...]

Allen Jensen

2012-05-10T04:27:09+00:00May 10th, 2012|Wood|

Loveland, CO woodworker Allen Jensen creates functional bowls from trees otherwise destined for the firewood pile or landfill, culled from the urban forests of Colorado’s front range. Allen often adds carved or painted detail to his hand-turned work, responding to each individual piece as it [...]

Joel Nichols

2012-02-07T03:48:06+00:00February 7th, 2012|Wood|

“Wood is in my blood,” states Stillwater, MN artist Joel Nichols. “It took me awhile to figure that out, but it is. My grandfather and all his brothers were loggers in northern Wisconsin from the time they were in their early teens. My dad is [...]

Paul Klein

2011-07-06T16:08:46+00:00July 6th, 2011|Mixed-Media & Other, Wood|

Sculptor Paul Klein finds inspiration in century-old buildings, forests, shorelines and even his own backyard. The artist, who maintains a studio at his home in Amherst Junction, WI, believes that viable materials, or “local exotics,” can be found everywhere. Stressing the environmental ethics of appreciation [...]

Mary Lacer

2011-05-25T20:03:21+00:00May 25th, 2011|Wood|

While attending a cabinet-making class in 1980, River Falls, WI artist Mary Lacer discovered a lathe in the back of the classroom. She watched with fascination while a shape emerged from a log as it turned on the lathe, deciding then and there to focus [...]

Tony Minnick

2011-05-25T20:02:56+00:00May 25th, 2011|Wood|

Minneapolis woodworker Tony Minnick repurposes old barnwood to make sturdy, multi-purpose box forms. His work evokes history, and offers authentic, rugged texture. Tony’s vessels wrangle kitchen spoons and dried flowers or serve beautifully as sculpture. “I have been a backyard artist for many years,” says [...]

Craig Lossing

2011-05-25T20:01:09+00:00May 25th, 2011|Wood|

Using a lathe and hand tools, wood artist Craig Lossing builds detailed boxes and sculptural pieces from turned components, often combining different species for color play and definition of forms. He is interested in applying traditional woodturning techniques to go beyond functionality, creating technically challenging [...]