Mike Brown is a native of the Pacific Northwest. He has always had a creative mind and an intense work ethic and likes to express himself building works of art with different mediums using glass and exotic hard woods. He started creating exotic wood intarsia pictures (750 at last count) by taking classes from Judy Gale Roberts, a premier intarsia artist.
During his school days he took all different types of shop classes including various crafts, leather work, and metal but didn’t start working with wood until he started working at a glass shop at the age of 15 ½. His first boss, Doyle Clapper, was his mentor and shared with Mike his love of woodworking along with giving Mike a broad knowledge of all aspects of construction.
After 35 years, Mike retired from the glass business and finally could pursue his passion for woodworking fulltime. He started creating exotic wood intarsia pictures, taking classes from Judy Gale Roberts, a premier intarsia artist. He won multiple Best of Show awards at the annual Artistry in Wood juried shows. He won Best of Class and Best of Division awards at the Juried Woodworking show for his nautilus shells.
He also enjoys turning bowls and vases on his lathe. This has become his new passion!