I am a professional designer & builder of custom furniture and cabinetry, specializing in but not limited to period-authentic work. After training through the City & Guilds of London system I worked in several English and American shops, then opened my own in 1995. I work for clients in Bloomington and around the Midwest, occasionally taking commissions on the East Coast.
Finely turned wooden items are my specialty. Bowls, pepper/salt grinders, scoops, and pens are spun on my lathe in southwestern Monroe County. All wood has been locally harvested from storm-damaged trees or taken from my firewood pile. Items made for food use have been finished with food-safe finishes, and are easily renewable.
Bob Tamillo, woodcarver
My style of wood carving is a combination of caricature with realistic looking features. I carve character/caricaturre subjects of Western figures and bust, as well as sportsmen, civil war & country-type folk, or frankly any kind of character figure that I think would be interesting and fun to do. I don’t do any custom or commissioned carving because history has shown me that from what I perceived that an individual wanted, to what they had in mind, never seems to work out. So I just carve what I want to do. That may sound selfish, but when you “have to do something” for someone, it becomes more like work while "wanting to do it", makes it much more stress-free and enjoyable.
Marc Tschida specializes in hand crafting Bloomington themed wooden jigsaw puzzles under the name Press Puzzles.