John Traeger

Artist Statement

As a woodworker artist, the two most important things that fuel my love of woodworking is the desire to create beautiful Jewelry Boxes that will last in your family for generations, and the ongoing search for unique exotic and domestic wood species that have beautiful and unusual grain and color patterns.
Developing and creating new ways to improve my woodworking skills have been the focus of my creative life for over 30 years. As an active member of the American Association of Woodturners, Minnesota Woodworkers Guild, and the Minnesota Woodturners Association has enhanced my desire to design and create unique and functional wood art that is visually appealing.
The artistic process I use is to emphasize the visual aspects of color and contrast in my work while maintaining the beauty of the wood as a material. Using various exotic and domestic hardwoods, I strive to blend then different woods that will form a visually attractive combination. The wood colors that you encounter in my online store are 100% natural; I do not use any stains or dyes to cover up what nature has given. I use a wipe on polyurethane varnish clear coat to enhance the natural wood color and create generations lasting finish. The final finish on my work is (Renaissance Wax) this is a light coat of micro-crystalline wax polish that resists liquid spillage and fingerprints.
It is a profound joy for me to see people smile when they discover my work at an art fair or in a gallery. I hope that those who own my work smile often as they use, handle, or simply glimpse the piece in passing and knowing that it will be in their family for generations. I love conversations about wood, art, woodworking, and the role of craftsmanship in enriching the human spirit. Thank you for stopping by my booth. Please visit my website and like me on Facebook.