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Meet The Artists: Wood

Functional and beautiful fine woodworking.

Fine woodworking is always a key part of the Design Quest holiday market. Meet this year's wood artists: 2 returning favorites and 1 new one. All are sure to please.

Nancy Brenneman from Spring Lake, Michigan, first became interested in woodworking in 2007 upon seeing a stack of her father's woodworking magazines. She asked her father, a professional woodworker, to teach her the craft, becoming hooked in the process. After taking a week-long woodworking class in Utah she invested in the equipment necessary to properly make all sorts of unique and beautiful pieces. For this year's artisan market she has brought a wide variety of items, some of which use wood and epoxy, and others just wood, including cutting/charcuterie boards, bowls, segmented pieces and, new as of this year, her "splatter platters".

Rusmel Mora is a Cuban born, Grand Rapids based, sculptor specializing in wood and stone carvings with an Afro-Cuban influence. In addition to his fine art, Rusmel uses his creative skill to put artistic twists on functional home decor items, like charcuterie boards and bowls and vases, hand made from local and exotic woods. His unique pieces will bring uncommon beauty to seemingly common items in your home. Rusmel's fine art sculpture can currently be viewed at LaFontsee Gallery in Grand Rapids, and you can view and purchase his home decor items here at Design Quest this holiday season!

Mike Myers of Myers Wood Turning is a Caledonia, Michigan, based wood turner and wood worker specializing in functional wood decor for your home and kitchen. All of the wood he uses for his works is sourced from local farms, mills, and lumber suppliers. All of his work is finished with 100% food safe oils and waxes. For this year's Artisan Market he has created a variety of platters, charcuterie and cutting boards, and rolling pins.

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