Throughout the past decade, I’ve spent a lot of time acquiring practical skills, learning real-life lessons, and cultivating a standard of excellence as I worked under hardworking people with the intent of serving their cause. Little did I know at the time I would be starting a small business where all of those tools are in fact working to serve my own cause now. After leaving my previous job in 2019, I left Alabama to take a month off in order to recharge and begin to work through what the next season of life might look like. This led me to drive cross county en-route to Northern California where I had previous lived for a few years. During this season of life, Chisel & Wood was born in an old friend's workshop in Northern California with little more than a camera, a used laptop, a few cutting boards, and a passion for the craft of woodworking. That passion was strong enough to change the trajectory of my career and begin a new one. As the draw towards all things woodworking increased, I chose to set aside a year of life in order to attend the Krenov School of Fine Woodworking in Fort Bragg, CA. Upon completion of the school, I got in my car and travelled back to Alabama. I spent the next 18 months building my dream studio shop on a small lot of land where I now work and live in Dadeville, Alabama.
Our studio workshop is located in Dadeville, Alabama where we design and craft all of our pieces. The workshop has approx. 1500 sq. ft. of shop space that is climate controlled. With a value for detailed work that is done by hand, we set aside ample space in the shop to comfortably fit a traditional workbench where most of our hand tools are used. This is where we spend most of our time in the shop because we still love the experience of using a handplane.
The rest of the workshop has several different "islands" where specific tools are parked next to each other according to their function. The process of a piece from start to finish will include design, lumber selection, milling, machining, joinery, sanding, and finishing. This entire process is done by us "in-house" in order to maintain the excellence of the piece.