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I'm located on an old farmstead in the midst of the Tallgrass Prairie of the Kansas Flint Hills, I'm a Self-Employed, professsional Crafts Artisan. I work out behind our house in a small shop that I fixed up enough to shed rain and hold in the heat in the winter. It's not a "dream shop" but I make a lot of things in my cramped little place, and I enjoy the view out of each window. Life is good.
I was taught woodworking and design by my Father, a master furniture and clock builder, and former school woodshop teacher. One grandfather was a farmer and rancher, and taught me to fix equipment, enjoy working for myself, to love the outdoors, and to care for people. The other grandfather was a College Economics Dean at Kansas State University, and he taught me to stay out of debt and to love art. I also received some great training in High School Wood Shop with Mr. Ernie Hiekes who made each day make sense, and encouraged us to dream and explore the craft. One class with Marc Adams in 2000, was a great boost to me, and helped me see wood from a perspective that didn't involve squares and rectangles. Other than that, I'm mostly self taught, and try to learn a new craft or material every year to continue to grow creatively.
After obtaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University in 1987, I went onto work in the oil industry at Exxon and then Koch Industries. I left the corporate life to pursue my passion for working in wood in 1997. It's been a long and sacrificial journey, more so than I had imagined it would be. But I'm applying my hands to work that I dearly enjoy, and I feel gifted and blessed by the Master Creator, so I hope to continue for many more years.
I have been greatly encouraged by Sam Maloof's Autobiography, and his lecture in 2006 at the Western Design Conference, where he told us budding furniture makers to, "...Never give up, never give up, never give up, never, never, never, never, never give up....."
My Portfolio Includes:
- American Contemporary Crafts
- Commissioned Art Furniture
- Walking Canes and Walking Sticks
- Artisan Hat Making Tools
- Silversmithing & Jewelry
- Coppersmithing & Hardware
- Gun Stock Carving
- Gun Stock Repairs & Refinishing
- Fine Antique Restoration
- Scrimshaw Artwork
- Powder Horns & Historical Re-enactor Articles
- Custom Hunting Knives
- Custom Steak Knife Sets
- Historical Crafts & Paleo-Art pieces
- And an occasional sculpture piece, lathe turned piece, or something else unique and interesting that strikes my fancy at the time.
-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com