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As a young boy, I used to watch my grandfather in his woodshop as he created furniture from simple pieces of wood. I was fascinated by it all. Now that I am an adult, I am still fascinated by woodworking. I build mainly small pieces such as clocks and jewelry boxes but have also done full size furniture. Most of my pieces come from published plans and articles, but some are of my own design. I recently discovered how much fun, and addicting, it is to turn wood on the lathe. I have been making pens lately and have turned somewhere around 4000. (My wife calls it an obsession!)
I have enjoyed woodworking on and off since high school. A recent move into a house with a large shop (and a change in jobs to "Stay at home Dad") allowed me to start building larger projects, mostly Arts and Crafts style furniture. I also enjoy lathe work, mostly penturning and some bowl turning. Working here at Woodcraft doesn't allow me as much shop time but I do enjoy helping and learning from our customers.
Marc was formally trained at the Robert-Venn School of Luthiery in guitar building. He has been professionally building stringed instruments for over 13 years. Marc’s classes are highlighted with acoustic and electric guitar building, Finishing Basics and HVLP spray techniques. If you need some finishing tips for your project come in and let's talk.
My parents were constantly working on some part of our house when I was growing up. After years of being an assistant, I started taking woodshop classes in high school. Focusing on small personal projects, I worked on jewelry boxes and heirloom pieces for various members of my family. Several years later, I joined the Woodcraft family working for the Houston, TX store. Shortly after starting, I got bit by the woodturning bug. My interest in small projects meshed with small lathe work carried me through a new dimension in woodworking. Now I have joined the Spokane store and continue to learn and expand my abilities thanks to our customers and co-workers.
I completed my first project, which was a gate in our backyard, on my own when I was in high school and surprised my mother. I enjoyed minor rough woodworking projects around the house during my career in law enforcement and with my relocation to Idaho and the third garage bay as my shop, I have completed a dining room table and bench, and live edge bookcases. I also have enjoyed working on children’s toys and gift boxes. I look forward to continuing my education at Woodcraft and helping customers attain their goals.
My first experience with woodworking was in my high school woodshed class where I made my mom a cutting board and my sister a nightstand. After I was married I decided to get back into woodworking and bought a table saw and started watching the New Yankee Workshop with Norm Abrams. As time progressed I added more tools to my collection and started reading more books on woodworking and woodworking projects. Over the years my focus has run the range from bird houses to jewelry boxes with many stops in between. I have always believed that you should continue learning something new in woodworking as there are always new projects to make and skills to learn. I look forward to learning these skills and making projects that I can be proud of.