One of our new Makers this year is Phil Kunze, of PMK Woodworking. Phil is pretty passionate about his trade and we’re excited that he’s bringing his fine craftsmanship to Gulf Coast MakerCon 2016. Here’s what he had to say about his work…
GCMC: What inspired you to become a woodworker?
PK: I have always been intrigued by the art of woodworking and the results you can get from this beautiful product of nature if done right!
GCMC: Why do you think it’s important to share it with others?
PK: Woodworking is becoming a lost art, with the Walmarts and Ikeas of the world and a lost appreciation for real craftsmanship. People need to know what goes into actually making something from wood, what is “Real” wood, and what gives it its intrinsic value.
GCMC: Why do you think an event like Gulf Coast MakerCon is important?
PK: It is a great way for people to see, feel, and smell (literally) an art form they may not have normally considered. It is an avenue to show and teach people about this disappearing art, and to promote awareness and appreciation for the true artists.
Everything I do is Handmade, mostly with antique or “older than me” tools. only a few of my fine finishing tools are newer. Most of my designs are inspirations that come from an idea that a customer has. They bring me their ideas, I improve them, and make a design from that to bring it to life.
Join us April 9 at the Florida State Fairgrounds to see PMK Woodworking and Phil’s fine craftsmanship at Gulf Coast MakerCon 2016!