Kloes Custom Furniture
N7193 Ballard Rd. Seymour, WI. 54165
Everything I create is made in America. My lumber comes from Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, along with some from Indiana and Iowa. It is sourced from responsible loggers and mills. All my hardware and finishes come from the USA. I use water base dyes, paints, and finishes for most of my work.
As a furniture maker I look at wood differently than a cabinet shop or large furniture company. I look for the heavier figure, unusual color, and lumber that is from 1 tree. When making a piece, I want the lumber to be from one tree, so the color and figure are all consistent. It is the little things that set my work apart from mass produced furniture places. I consider myself fortunate to do a job that I love. I am very blessed.
The lumber I use is all figured. What that means is it has curl, stripes, bubbles, eyes, and colors that are not found on 99.7% of the wood used for furniture. I source all my lumber myself. I am proud to know good loggers and mill owners who care about the forests. A large part of my business now is providing this lumber to folks all across America. I select this special figured wood and then ship it to my clients. I can proudly say I have made furniture that is in 48 of 50 states.
Guest Artist - JESS HOFFMAN
Jess Hoffman, custom knife maker - A 100%er is a maker who creates a knife by hand from
start to finish. We pride ourselves at being well-rounded craftsman, skilled at metal work, wood
work, leathercraft and the science of metallurgy. We create tools that not only look great, but
also function as they should.
My knives are all handmade and designed to last for generations. No two knives are the same
because I don’t use any automatic processes. Everything is done in house. Each knife takes on
an identity of its own as I begin to shape it, grind it and choose a proper handle material.
While some of my knives are works of art, I design them all to be tools. There is a bond between
people and the tools they use. A quality tool becomes an heirloom, and serves as a connection
to the loved ones that used them. The greatest compliment to me is a well used knife.
My work has been featured in Blade Magazine, Knife Magazine and Knives Annual.
Guest Artist - DONNA MOTQUIN
Guest Artist - Mark Motquin
I find it very rewarding using my experiences throughout life to create art. As I reflect my lifetime, it's amazing how everything unfolds and intertwines and becomes an on going story. I am a teacher, student, welder, plumber, mechanic, lifeguard, fisherman, hunter, an artist. We all share many titles in our lives. My work evolves around my life which is a never ending story.