Mike Denney

Good Wolf Bowls

Byron MN


2019 Booth #53

© Mike Denney

© Mike Denney

I use a lathe to hand-turn bowls, vases, tops, bottle openers, bottle stoppers, baseball bats, and Christmas ornaments. My basic design is to simply bring out the beauty of the wood as best I can. Shapely curves without much complexity seems to be the best bet. Occasionally, there are holes and cracks that look better filled, and I normally use a turquoise or brass inlay, which adds a nice touch without overpowering the beauty of the wood.

All the wood we use is from already downed trees. I get a 
lot of wood from the leftovers of logging activity, and have a logger friend who brings me 'interesting' pieces such as burls and crotches. A brush dump down the road that lets me dig through their pile of stumps. Friends and neighbors also keep us well supplied with storm-damaged trees. 

For a finish, I use shellac on everything since it's so natural (made from insects and alcohol), easy to use, and is even edible. I waterproof the inside of vases with a double layer of epoxy.

Vince Cook

Chop Finely
Brainerd, MN

2019 booth #67D


I create art pieces from a centuries old Japanese craft called Kumiko. This is the creation of lattice work with intricate patterns made from very small pieces of wood that are hand cut and shaped. I received an art grant to study this art form from one of two master teachers in the U.S.

There are approximately 200 kumiko patterns that can be combined into unique art and furniture pieces. The woods used are primarily Alaskan Spruce, but I also use native MN hardwoods to add texture and colors.

The work is primarily completed with hand tools including Japanese saws and planes, and jigs which I have developed to help replicate the various cuts. The work is very precise and must be exact for the individual pieces to align properly.

© Vince Cook

© Vince Cook

Todd Hughes

Grand Mound, IA
2018 booth #53

I only use the finest woods in my works making one piece at a time paying attention to detail and form. After all the cutting milling and sanding of the wood is done, I move on to gluing and clamping. After witch assembly is done and more gluing and clamping if needed. Then more sanding down to 320 grit or better. A host of finishes and custom colors can be applied to make it uniquely yours. I hand rub each with 000 steel wool and wax finely hand signed.


Grant Kaihoi

Rice, MN

2017 booth # 53

I use local hardwoods to create clean-lined furniture with accents of live edges. Some of our material we cut, mill and dry ourselves from salvaged trees. The remainder of the wood is purchased from suppliers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Woodworking techniques range from traditional, i.e. hand planes and mortise and tenon joinery, to the latest in power equipment, i.e. table saws and rapid joinery systems. Technique choice is based on maker preference as well as what will produce the highest quality product.


© Grant Kaihoi

© Grant Kaihoi

David & Kathy Towley

David & Kathy Towley Woodworking

Bemidji, MN

2019 Booth # 6

Freehand turned wooden originals, artistic and functional pieces using the lathe and hand tools out of fine northern hardwoods. Each piece is turned, then sanded to 400 grit, then finished with a natural foodsafe finish of beeswax and mineral oil that is satisfying to both the eyes and touch. Some of the pieces are highlighted with a simple wood burned pine bough that is done freehanded.

© David & Kathy Towley

© David & Kathy Towley

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Bill Neff

© Bill Neff

© Bill Neff

Prairie Woods

Barronett, WI


2019 Booth # 124

I create functional and artistic items on a wood lathe, using locally sourced wood from trees that are storm damaged, removed for safety reasons or urban salvage. Wood turning is like working with people. Each piece is unique with a mind of it's own. The challenge is to discover and then uncover that inner beauty that lies within. As with the process of getting to know a person, working with a piece of wood is exciting as the discovery of the unique qualities reveal themselves before your eyes.



Benjamin Leatham

Cannon River Bowl and Spoon

Northfield, MN


2019 Booth # 142

I'm a wood artist. I live by the philosophy of "surround yourself with things you find beautiful and use them every day." I am inspired by the beauty of nature and my work highlights the personality of each tree from which it is sourced. I create functional cooking utensils, hand-turned bowls, serving pieces, and cutting boards. I strive to make pieces that are accessible to people of all means, so I have a range of sizes and prices. I handcraft each item with great care and attention. After I carve each piece, I devote much time and effort to sanding and finishing until it shines and glows from within. My finishing process is adapted from a European technique involving water and repeated applications of boiled flaxseed oil, a hardening food-safe finish. My studio is in Cannon Falls, MN. I source my wood from the surrounding region, often salvaging fallen trees after a storm, or reclaiming beautiful, but not commercial-grade, logs. 


© Benjamin Leatham

© Benjamin Leatham

Marc Lamm

Minneapolis, MN


2017 booth # 38

I work with wood like a painter works with oils, creating images of lines, shapes and the natural colors of wood. Then, I carve the piece to create a wall sculpture. The carving creates shadows which enhance the image. At night, lights set at a low angle make the shadows more dramatic. Up close, you can touch the sculpture to feel the smooth flowing shapes and realize there are changes in the surface you didn’t notice. I create my art using techniques I began developing in 1996: joining boards along curves, inserting solid wood strips into curved cuts, embedding wood strips in circular cuts, and inserting pegs in intricate designs. This isn’t marquetry, intarsia or inlay. Finally, I sand and finish the piece in the same manner as fine furniture giving it a highly finished appearance and a highly durable surface which will retain that appearance even with constant touching by people, just like a piece of furniture.single


© Marc Lamm

© Marc Lamm

Aryn & Courtney Kern

Longshadow Woodworks

Little Falls, MN


2019 Booth # 97

In our work, we strive to combine beauty and function while doing our part to use our natural resources wisely.

We began our work as professional wood artists in 2006 when we realized the vast amount of wood waste that is created by larger wood product manufacturers. These businesses produce cut-offs and rippings that are usually chipped, burned, or simply thrown away so we set our woodshop up to utilize even the smallest pieces of cast off woods.

Each piece of wood is hand selected for its grain and character then it is laminated, planed, shaped, sanded, and finished.

Since reclaimed hardwoods are used, each piece is unique.

We truly feel as though we are making a difference not only in narrowing the stream of waste woods in the industry, but also in educating and creating an appreciation for different species of native hardwoods in our customers.

What began as a weekend shop project has turned into our passion and profession.



© Aryn & Courtney Kern

© Aryn & Courtney Kern

Eric Helland

Duluth, MN

2017 booth # 67A

Living in northern Minnesota, my surroundings supply my material and subject matter for my work. I am a self taught woodworker and use various methods including hand turning on the lathe and free form which often starts with my chain saw and ends with fine chisels and sand paper. I carefully choose local specimens for their unique characteristics and let the wood determine the project it will be used for.


© Eric Helland

© Eric Helland