Montana Lathe and Chisel
PO Box 47
Bearcreek, MT 59007
406 425 3148
Making kitchen utensils that are not only useful, but also beautiful to see and feel, is my ambition. After spending many years cooking for a living, I realized that the tools cooks used were purposeful, but not necessarily attractive.
My work starts with the wood selection and I am always delighted at the range of strength, hardness, colors and patterns that are available to the craftsman. Seeking the right properties for the intended use provides the recipient functionality and years of enjoyment. These are pieces that come into their own by being used.
I never thought that when I was 17 living in Miami, FL and starting what was to become a career as a cook, that I would end up living in Red Lodge, MT as a woodworker making culinary wood art.
My life’s path to where I am now has had a few twist and turns; studying ancient Greek art at the University of Florida, traveling the US working for inspirational chefs, and then attending the California Culinary Academy and becoming a chef in my own right.
My start as a woodworker was in Junior High Shop class and as an art business in 2009. Currently, my woodshop is in the biggest littlest town in Montana, Bearcreek. The aspirations for the future are more large-scale art pieces and a small retail space in Bearcreek.