RUTLAND, Vt., July 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Vermont Woodshop's original works are designed and handcrafted by Master Woodworker, Randy Crossman, in true Vermont tradition. Native hardwoods from the heart of the Green Mountains are used to create these heirloom quality pieces, implementing several early woodworking tools. Crossman's work features a broad spectrum of his talents including the unparalleled use of a hand plane, scroll saws, steam bending and hand chiseling techniques.
"What's different about Vermont Woodshop is that we incorporate individualized components into each hand-made product. Even the most simple and functional products are carefully designed and constructed so no two items are exactly the same. I truly enjoy the challenge of creating one-of-a-kind pieces," says Crossman.
Crossman exemplifies his passion for fine woodworking in his meticulous attention to detail. His work ranges from intricate commissioned pieces, such as his award-winning maple wood mechanical carousel, to more functional items such as customizable maple cutting boards.
Crossman's wooden carousel was initially conceptualized upon seeing a folk art wind-driven whirly gig. Crossman expanded on the process by saying, "I reviewed antique carousel animals and decided to create scaled down miniature carvings. Then I designed a mechanism that would allow the animals to function on a circular and up-and-down track." The 3-dimensional moving work of art received an award in 2014 at the Vermont Woodworking Festival and is regarded as one of the most intricate pieces created thus far.
Vermont Woodshop also crafts more functional pieces such as a line of cutting boards using certified Vermont hard woods including curly and spalted maple, as well as cherry wood. The overall shapes of the cutting boards are hand-cut using a precision scroll saw and finalized with wax and mineral oil, hand rubbed to create a velvet finish. Crossman also uses modern CNC routing technology to carve words or phrases into the wood for additional personalization. Vermont Woodshop's cutting boards have been used as wedding centerpieces as well as serving platters for cheeses and charcuterie. Cutting boards also make perfect gifts for special occasions!
Vermont Woodshop's products will be on display and for sale at the 2016 Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival, on September 24-25 at Billings Farm in Woodstock Vermont. Crossman's woodwork will be featured alongside many other highly talented woodworkers. For more information visit www.vermontwoodfestival.org.
About Vermont Woodshop and the Artist:
Randy Crossman of Vermont Woodshop, a seventh generation Vermonter, creates his product lines deeply rooted in both family and Vermont traditions. Through Vermont Woodshop's 4 product lines (Custom Woodworking, Trailsigns of Vermont, X-man Puzzles, and Corporate Gifts), Crossman portrays his unique and vast talents across a range of woodworking methods. In addition to traditional techniques, his work also features nuanced CNC technology, custom routing, and hand-drawn and painted designs.
"Crossman is really painting in the wood," says Anne Williams, author of The Jigsaw Puzzle: Piecing Together a History (Penquin, 2004). "His type of puzzle you're not going to find anywhere else." (as quoted in the Boston Globe Magazine, January 6, 2008).
SOURCE Vermont Woodshop