John and Mark Schlabaugh, A Family Tradition of Craftsmanship
Twenty-eight years ago brothers Mark (right) and John Schlabaugh (below right) began working for their father Emil in his home-construction business in Kalona, Iowa. The brothers' first projects were oak cutting boards and serving trays created from stair-tread scraps from one of their father's jobs. As they mastered more of the tools used to build cabinets for their father's custom homes, each found ways to express himself in the art of woodworking. Other than Emil's daily guidance and watchful eye, neither brother received any formal woodworking training.
Today their finely crafted projects sell in the Renwick Gallery and National Gallery of Art at the Smithsonian, the Gamble House in Pasadena, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and numerous galleries around the country.
Mark designs and builds work that is more contemporary in nature. His most recent pieces (right) incorporate a combination of exotic and domestic hardwood veneers. The pieces are marketed through top galleries.