Jim Kelso began working with wood in a boat-building class he took at a community college. He became interested in different decoration techniques, including inlay and engraving, while making stringed instruments.
Throughout her seventy-year career Sipprell created photographs that typify Pictorialism: expressive rather than narrative or documentary , suggesting in her portraits the spiritual quality of the subject rather than a physical likeness.
Harry Shokler was one of the first American artists to develop the technique of silkscreen printing. He studied at the Cincinnati Art Academy, the Chester Springs (PA) Academy, and the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts.
Al Stirt's first studio was in the dressing room of a friend's leather shop in New Hampshire, where he turned small bowls and candlesticks to sell at craft shows. He moved to rural Vermont in 1975 and opened a true studio, harvesting the local wood for his creations.
Michelle Holzapfel and her husband, David, work together in their Vermont studio "Applewoods," the English translation of "Holzapfel." Michelle learned to carve at an early age and was encouraged by her father, a precision toolmaker.
Michael Mode first began turning wood in 1975, using a foot-powered lathe constructed from a sewing machine treadle and bits and pieces of old machinery. He worked at a furniture factory making guitar bodies and used the scrap ebony, mahogany, and rosewood from the factory for his own creations.