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Here's My Woodworking!
By Paul Kurke
Lilburn, GA

I am retired from a career in marketing and corporate training. Once native Chicagoans, my wife (and best customer) and I currently reside in Lilburn, Georgia. Other than making stuff for my family and friends my woodworking has pretty much been a private hobby.

I would have to credit a very special uncle as my mentor. He was a homebuilder and I spent most of my summer vacations helping him (as he kindly called it) raise walls, nail floors, clean up, etc.

I can't explain how or when, but I fell in love with wood. The way it felt and could be made into objects of art and utility made it feel like wood had an almost symbiotic relationship with humans. I am especially fond of the Shaker as well as the Arts & Crafts traditions. My projects are usually started on a whim; I see a piece of furniture that I like and decide to make it. I usually draw up my own plans and start from there. My three grown children are my best customers whose requests usually begin with "Dad, can you do this?"

Arts & Crafts King Bed plus Matching Night Tables

King Bed

Night Table

The current project I'm working on is a Country Harvest Table, which I found the design of in a recent issue of Woodsmith magazine.

Paul can be reached by email at pakurke@gmail.com.

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