Craig Nutt was introduced to woodworking in his first job out of college as a furniture restorer. He soon created his own designs in wood by combining the traditional styles he had seen in the shop with his own whimsical and even bizarre imagery.
In the late 1960s, Mose Tolliver was forced to retire from his job in a Montgomery, Alabama, furniture factory after a thousand-pound crate of marble fell from a forklift and crushed his legs.
Gary Trentham loved textiles from an early age, when his mother would dress him in unusual fabrics. He studied music in college, but soon switched to art history with studio classes in ceramics and weaving.
Robert Windham was born in Pike County, Alabama, and spent most of his life on the family farm. He started drawing and whittling as a child and took it up again after retiring from the farm. Windham rarely made a sketch before starting a carving.
Frank Fleming was born on a farm in Alabama in 1940. He suffered from a severe speech impediment, which caused him to stop talking in school in the first grade, and he did not speak in public for the next eleven years.