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A woodturner with decades of experience, Frank Luedtke is a refugee from Door County, Wisconsin, who built his own home and workshop in the Arizona mountains. His lifestyle is relaxed as he commutes about 50 feet to his shop, has time to enjoy patio views with his wife, hiking with his dog, and kayaking with friends. But, when he enters his shop he becomes exacting and precise in making his beautiful lamps. Frank carefully turns each piece to a close tolerance, paints precise lines, places each dot of paint with precision, and completes each lamp to his exacting standards. And, his attention to detail is only exceeded by his wonderful designs. Ask us about the color and design choices so he can make a lamp for your home.
Inspired by his woodworker grandfather, Mike Konen pursued fine woodworking for decades, initially as a hobby. While working for Phillips Petroleum Company and then Honeywell, he pursued his hobby for fun as he honed his skills and practiced new techniques. He uses many classic joinery techniques and part of his journey in woodworking involved following the designs of master woodworkers to learn their exacting techniques. About ten years ago he turned his hobby into a reliable income stream by creating his own designs that blend traditional and contemporary outlooks with alluring woods and finishes. His serving trays are popular gifts and Mike's tables are on display in the gallery. Many customers have discovered that Mike is a true master at designing and creating special pieces for their homes that enhance the colors and feel of the room, and serving a valuable function.
"Pottery. No, I think glass. Oh my, it’s wood."
When a true master pushes the limits of his skills, he goes beyond the medium. Joel Hunnicutt has developed woodworking techniques and designs that extend far beyond traditional woodworking. He practices segmented turning which involves small precisely-cut pieces that are glued together in circles to produce forms that are then turned on a lathe to the final design. The segmented design allows light to play through the piece and dance on the surfaces. Toners and dyes are added to lacquer during the finishing process to give the vessel the appearance of blown glass or thrown pottery. This simplified description makes it sound easy but if it were, everybody would be doing it. Even experienced woodworkers are in awe of Hunnicutt's work.
Daniel Grant and Ingela Noren each have separate experience and talents in art, but now combine their skills to create beautiful artistic picture frames and mirrors. The wooden frames are cut, mitered, assembled and primed with stain or paint by Daniel. Ingela then applies a casein (an emulsion where milk, usually buttermilk, is used as a binder) mixed with pigments. She uses several brushes for styling marble veins, or metal or rubber combs for wood graining. Rags, sponges, stippling brushes, fists and bare fingers all leave their imprints. Lastly, a varnish is applied to protect the work and give it the desired sheen.