Many Services Available:
-Antique and Architectural Design/Repair
-Carved Home furnishings
-Custom Wood Carver
-Custom Wood Turner
-Historic Preservation Replication
-Multiple Spindle Carving
-Uniqe Gift items
-And much more...
-Carved Wooden Angels
-Custom Mantel Carvings
-Inspirational plaques in stock
-Retirement Plaques: Armed Forces, Firefighter & Police
-10 Commandment & Lord's Prayer Plaques
-Ultra High-speed Engraver
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About Jeff Smith's Fine Wood Works:
Naturally talented at drawing, I only received C's in art class because of discarding the teacher's instructions in favor of my own designs.
At Dial near Aurora, Illinois I began to carve soap: unicorn heads, flamingos, nudes, a #99 bar of the new antibacterial soap and many wooden dial bars- used as executive gifts (company logo) by the plant manager, before leaving dial in 1998.
Co-workers encouraged me to carve wood, and after a WCC career counselor told me, "You couldn't sell soap carvings for enough or make them fast enough." So I decided to make them out of wood, and bought multiple spindle carvers instead.
I used an ER-10 ShopSmith Circa 1950's) with a shop made duplication apparatus to make custom turned chair spindles before using a Vega lathe with duplicator to make hundreds of matching balusters for historic homes from Hinsdale to St. Charles, Batavia.
Leaving my old job, I acquired a ShopBot to do computerized woodworking. With Part Wizard a 2D CAD/CAM program I made more elaborate signs and began to learn how to draw with the mouse when asked to craft wooden sheep for a fiber industry convention.
Later I created Architectural detail for the Chicago Temple security desk with the same design as the massive limestone walls. A three dimensional project which required a lot of number crunching.
The hand carved scroll work applique to go over the double doors for a dentist's marble floored home was first laid out and cut around using CAD/CAM.
Later heart shaped Aromatic Cedar boxes which were originally band-sawed were instead machined out of solid wood with integral cookie jar lid
- along with oval, leaf, Walnut arrow head, Illinois & other shapes.
A sculptured tree was made of solid Ash salvaged from a tree killed by the Emerald Ash Borer
for the Cook County Forest Preserve District
Recently, the computer drawing skills were carried over to laser engraving. He can now engrave photos with high resolution & good contrast. Some carved designs can be made with CNC or laser as well as hand carved.
Now creating V-Carving.