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Lowell Simonsen – Wood Circles



lowell 1I began woodturning twenty years ago when I received a lathe as a Christmas gift. I love working in the outdoors and have developed a fine eye for found wood of exceptional artistic quality. I discovered that I could take a tree branch and visualize the bowl, vase, or art piece that is within, just waiting for the lathe to turn away the excess wood surrounding it!


lowell 4I use Nature’s unique markings, what some would call flaws, as artistic elements to create exquisite pieces that are typical of my work. Simply put, the wood speaks to me.


lowell 6I grew up in Southern Idaho and gained a lot of my artistic ability from my Dad. His creativity was prevalent throughout our home in the craftsmanship of the house to the furniture and lamps we used every day. Our walls were adorned with his paintings, pen and ink and carvings.



Contact Me:
home # 509-442-4971

cell # 509-939-9838


Dave & Liz Ulmen – Woodworking


WW AND CHEESE CLASSICLiz and I spend a great deal of time in our shop in Washington State with our cat, Killer and her Border Collie nemesis, Scout. We are mostly intact survivors of elementary gifted and middle school teaching – thirty-plus years and still going strong. (This may explain why Dave enjoys combining his hobbies of home brewing and power tools) We love creating functional work that is pleasing to the eye and hand. Since our glasses are usually covered in sawdust, we rely on the natural tones and grains of a variety of hardwoods to speak for themselves. All colors are natural – no dyes or stains are used. Our work uses post-production materials from other sources and lots of little leftovers of our own, preserving resources and making life easier for the dumpster guys.


Coaster-BundlesOur work includes interesting and clever bottle balances called The Wine Wave, an extensive range of cheese and cutting boards, coasters, hair pins, as well as custom work. We have designed and placed custom wood counter tops in beautiful homes from L.A. to La Connor. We also combine the beauty of wood with Liz’s raku pottery in lovely hangings. If you enjoy fine wood work, you are sure to find just the right piece for your home or that essential gift in our display. If you don’t, contact us for custom possibilities.


Contact me: 509-710-2514

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In Memory of Chuck Fell – Fine Woodworking


In Memory

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.



Jewelry BoxI 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.


Lauren Rants – Fine Pens

Lauren Rants

11810 E 18th Avenue

Spokane Valley, WA 99206