ABOUT HAPPY HOLLOW
Happy Hollow is named after the property I live on and work from. It all started with simple woodworking inspired by the 4 acres of wooded land we live on, surrounded by Maple, Black Walnut, Hickory, and Oak. Our wedding also started part of this as we didn’t want the traditional champagne, but rather Mead. So we needed drinking horns to accompany the mead. Drinking horns entered into the picture and now we have them part of the Happy Hollow shop.
As for me, I love creating! Since I live in the middle of the woods I am inspired everyday!
I was born in Frankfurt Germany and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. Throughout my life I have been a lover of the outdoors, history, art, and working with my hands. My grandfather was an inspiration to create and encouraged me to do so; he was a lead artist for Sears & Roebuck in Chicago.
Trying to decide upon a major in art or archaeology, I pursued my BA in archaeology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and University of Texas Arlington. I have never stopped creating art, anywhere from photography, painting, to woodwork.
Living in the Driftless region of Wisconsin, I became even more inspired by all the natural beauty and the creativity took hold. During a trip to England, I became fascinated by the Pole Lathe and was immediately drawn to wood turning, though my pole lathe skills are a work in progress.
Being in this location, nestled amongst the trees brings me daily inspiration. My pieces represent my interests and needs; from useful kitchen gadgets to items that may seem historical or ancient, and everything in between; basically whatever speaks to me.
Most of the wood I use is locally found, usually downed trees or trees that have been taken down for safety reasons. I try to recycle what nature hasn’t yet. It is my goal not to use exotic species or those that are not sustainably harvested. Some pieces may not be of the most pristine wood, but are unique in their own way. No two pieces will ever be exactly the same.
Hope you enjoy having a look!! If you ever have any questions, always feel free to contact me and I will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also always see what I am up to, so you can find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/happyhollowwoodcrafts/