1947 to 2016
Chuck made the beautiful wooden boxes and clocks you may remember seeing in our shop. He passed away recently.
He also put his skills to use creating fixtures for our shop. He always had a smile and a great attitude, even when dealing with a bunch of creative folks – all with definite opinions! His talent and sense of humor will be missed by all!
My name is Chuck Fell, and I like wood. My appreciation of beautiful wooden furniture and accessories started as a teenager working with my grandfather in his antique shop making parts to restore fine furnishings. Later I was lucky enough to marry into a family that also had fine antiques and did furniture restoration commercially. Although I was never able to do this “full time” I was able to sharpen my building skills working as a maintenance machinist, first at General Motors Truck and Coach then at Moore Business Forms. Life’s road then took me away from industrial maintenance and repair to working for California State Parks, first as a Maintenance Mechanic then as a Restoration Work Specialist, restoring historic buildings at Empire Mine and Bodie State Historic Parks.
I learned Precision work and understanding of how things go together as a machinist then combined that with a love of beautiful woods working with antiques and historic buildings. So upon my retirement in 2009 I now had the time to put these skill to use and fully pursue my passion for creating from wood, beautiful objects. The boxes and clocks I build using highly figured woods bring a great deal of pleasure to me, and I am lucky enough to have the support and encouragement of my family to continually “expand my horizons” by trying new techniques and ideas to create something beautiful.