Q: Are you from South Carolina originally? If so, can you tell me a little bit about where you grew up? If not, what brought you here originally?
A: I'm originally from Burlington N.C. I moved to Inman in 1984 to work for Nestle Frozen foods.
Q: How did you become interested in woodworking?
A: I got started in woodworking six or seven years ago. I was watching a program on the DIY network, where a man made a toy box that looked like a turtle. I thought, “I could do that,” so I made one. I then made one for one of my granddaughters that looked like a dog.
Q: When you look at a piece of wood, how do you figure out what you will make from it?
A: When I look at a piece of wood, I usually already have something in mind. Someone once said that every tree has a song, you have to find the right notes for the music to be beautiful.
Q: What do you do when you aren't woodworking?
A: When I'm not in my shop, I like to play a little golf. I also have a part-time job which helps pay for my woodworking habit.
Swing by the Foothills Artisan Center to see John’s work for yourself!