I am beginning a series on local artists. I think it is pretty obvious that most artists approach life a little bit differently than others. Having a strong creative side (and sometimes a “way too big” imagination), I want to celebrate how artists think and what inspires them!
I enjoy talking about Scott’s work, but I’d like to take the opportunity to share stories about some other artists once in a while. This month, we are featuring Lander woodworker, John Applegate. John builds with reclaimed wood from pallets, and his work is outstanding! I asked John a few questions, and this is how he responded:
“I could give a sentimental answer related to my father’s passion for woodworking, but to be quite honest, it started out of necessity. One summer, 3 years ago, I needed an outside table and bench set for my annual wedding anniversary/4th of July celebration. I didn’t want to spend $2,000 on a plastic and glass patio set with a giant umbrella that would blow away as soon as I turned my back.
I started to think of materials that were abundant and easily obtained, such as pallets (which seem to be everywhere in our area and local businesses can’t even give them away.) So, I went to the local owners, asked permission to grab some pallets, took them home, tore them apart and just built the vision I had in my head. After that, the level of satisfaction and pleasure I got from causing a vision in my head to materialize in front of me and take on a characteristic of its own, well, was simply mind blowing…..I was hooked from that point forward.”
“Taking old material and making a work of art that is practical, beautiful and functional and of course, watching shows such as “Barn Wood Builders” or “Salvage Dawgs”. “
3. Do you have a favorite among all of your projects? What do you love about it?
” Yeah, it would have to be a Coffee table I made my first-year woodworking. I loved that it was unique in build and the wood was rich and deep in color.” *See Pics*
4. Talk to me about your process for selling your work. I realize this is not your full-time job, so how does a person get on your waiting list?
” My process is simple; once I finish a build I put it inside my house and set it up as I would any new piece of furniture I would buy for my home. I take pictures with my IPhone, and then post it to Wyoming Facebook buy and selling groups (usually 4 to 5 large groups). If someone is after a custom build it’s just a matter of reaching out to me via email: ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Txt/Call 307-335-5859. My building time is subject to weather since I mainly build outside in my driveway, but typically I can produce 1-2 builds per month."