Fisher Woodworking Prospect Harbor, Maine
(207) 963-2902
tim@fisherwoodworking.com

 

I live and work in Prospect Harbor, ME.  It’s a small fishing village on the downeast coast.  Some say it’s too far from the hubbub of modern life.  Some feel it’s too close.  It’s quite pleasant though, by most anyone’s standards.  I like it just fine.  People work hard here.  They raise families here. They retire here.  It is a warm community where the seasons come and go. 

I share workspace with my wife, Liza, and father, Richard.  They are a potter and foundryman, respectively.  Dad’s business, U.S. Bells is a well-established bell foundry.  He casts small bronze windbells for homes near and far.  Liza and I are evolving the property as a diverse place of work.  With a mutual sense of craftsmanship, we all support each other and collaborate ideas.  Our doors are always open to talk shop and visit the gallery. 

Like most woodworkers, my background is quite diverse and not necessarily logical.  My tinkering with craft goes back to days of youth working in the bell foundry.  I spent time in college, often lost but always attentive and curious, and did end up with a B.S. in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic.  I spent a number of years building wooden boats elsewhere on the coast of Maine.  This was a time of rich development in my life.  I think it’s an ideal setting to learn to work with wood.  The crucial properties of wood are greatly exaggerated.  You must work with moisture, rather than against it.  You learn to choose species for functional characteristics, while still bringing out true beauty.  Bending curves, hand-cut joinery, building to last.  Much knowledge is passed on in the boatbuilding trade.  The itch to create caught me at some point though, so I kept moving on.  Word-of-mouth projects filled my schedule for a while, intermixed with work under experienced builders to pick up new skills.  My goals now are to keep evolving my work with a focus on custom jobs and a high level of craftsmanship. 

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