Woodcraft of Toledo
5311 Airport Highway
Toledo, OH 43615
WOMEN IN WOODWORKING- ELLEN FURE SMITH
Ellen Fure Smith is a guest demonstrator as Part of our Women in Woodworking series for the month of August.
As all mothers know, having young children is a job in itself. Add in a busy woodworking career and maintaining an online store, and what do you get? You get one determined and crafty lady, namely, 28-year-old Ellen Fure Smith of Bowling Green, Ohio. And coffee. Lots of coffee.
Born and raised in Lexington, Virginia, Ellen grew up appreciating traditional design in a traditional southern small town. A graduate of the School of Art and Design at Marshall University in Huntington, WV, Ellen holds a BFA in sculpture. In her degree program, Ellen discovered a love of working with wood and for using time-honored historic techniques in creating her pieces. Ellen prefers her furniture and toys “bare” from metal fasteners and when practical, uses splines, dowels, finger joints, and mortise & tenon joints to create one of a kind works of functional art.
From a grandfather clock, to benches, and children’s furniture, Ellen builds “pretty much whatever I am inspired or challenged to build.” Eight years ago, as a sculpture major at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, she fell in love with woodworking on her first assignment — a giant wooden fingerprint now in the permanent collection of the Forensic Science Department at Marshall. “It wasn't until I took a furniture class a year later that I found my true passion. I have been making furniture ever since,” she shared. Ellen considers Sam Maloof to be her main influence as a woodworker in design, work ethic and love of the craft. “I often reference his biography when I have a woodworking question.”
Come in and see Ellen Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 11am – 3pm at the Toledo Woodcraft store.