I began to build cabinets and furniture as a hobby in high school, and eventually obtained a credible shop space in my home. While still in high school I did independent work building cabinets and furniture for clients through word of mouth. After high school I began to work towards transforming woodworking from a hobby into a career. The first professional furniture/cabinet making shop I worked in was John Hatelstad Studios, here I learned quickly how important attention to detail is to a woodworker and realized this was for me. I am currently employed at Distinctive Wood Kitchen and Bath in Springfield OR. Working here I have learned how to build, finish, and install a kitchen by myself. I've also acquired a much larger respect for furniture making.
Mundelein Home Depot (847)566-6532
Here I worked with a woodworker who has 35+ years experience. John Hatelstad studios is a very unique shop and my time here had a large impact on my career path.
John Hatelstad (847) 223-5260
This was my full time summer job during high school.
Tim Derham (847) 561-9393
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