Thomas Work, Matt Thomas

Shock, WV

Artist's Statement

Growing up as the son of a carpenter, I was exposed to woodworking (and construction) at an early age. For as long as I can remember, lumber and tools have always been a part of my life.

Initially, I began my adult life as a self-employed General Contractor. I owned my own business and we specialized in residential construction. Just like my father, it seems that every carpenter is a hobbyist woodworker as well. My story is no different.
Early in my construction career, I saw the need to diversify my income streams. During winter months and when work was lean, I began to design and build small furniture and home accessories.
I quickly realized that I preferred to work from home surrounded by my loving wife and children.