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We’re interviewing makers from all 50 states. Today we’re featuring Taryn Pratt, a full-time DBA and part-time woodworker from Arizona.

How did you get started woodworking? Who were your mentors?
While I’ve always been enamored with the smell of wood, woodworking is a very recent adventure for me. A few years ago, during our DIY kitchen remodel, we wanted to incorporate some hardwoods (maple and walnut) as accents. In an effort to save money, and because I felt daring, I did all that work myself! In doing so, I realized how much I loved working with wood. I loved being able to transform a board into something else. Once the remodel was complete, I slowly started building furniture for our house. I’m still very much a novice woodworker who learns with each new project, but my hobby has transformed into a side business.

Growing up, I watched my parents remodel our houses and work on various projects. My Dad did a lot of woodworking, and my Mom did the design work. While I never did any woodworking with my Dad, I always remember being very interested in what he was creating. I guess that curiosity paid off. Having that curiosity, combined with some good woodworking genes, I’ve been lucky enough to just start building things with what feels like no experience.

What do you think is your best or favorite work? What kind of work do you do the most?
I love the look of mid-century modern furniture and have tried to incorporate that style throughout my house. However, buying the real thing can be pricey. After coming across a photo of a sleek magazine table similar to a Jens Risom design, I decided to try making my own. In creating my version of the table, I used solid walnut. It’s by far the most complicated piece I’ve made to date, and is the first piece I built with traditional joinery and no pocket screws.

While I enjoy making furniture and…

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