John and Mark Schlabaugh, A Family Tradition of Craftsmanship
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John and Mark Schlabaugh, A Family Tradition of Craftsmanship

Woodworking Brothers
John and Mark Schlabaugh,
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Mark Schlabaugh
John and Mark Schlabaugh
John Schlabaugh
John and Mark Schlabaugh
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Satinwood and Bubinga
Veneer Vessel

Woodworking Brothers

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.


 

Arts and Crafts Inspiration
John and Mark Schlabaugh
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Greene and Greene
Pendulum Clock
John and Mark Schlabaugh
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Speed Queen
John and Mark Schlabaugh
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Arts & Crafts Lamp With
Tile Motawi

Arts and Crafts Inspiration

John enjoys designing and creating piece that are Arts & Crafts and Greene and Greene inspired. He is challenged by designing projects that their company can sell to galleries known for top-quality workmanship while keeping their extensive line of clocks and other work affordable.

Oh, about those stair treads-John and Mark's father got out of the home-construction business and joined his sons in their woodworking company, appropriately named "Schlabaugh & Sons Woodworking." Emil, 80, still comes to the shop everyday, unless he's golfing. His solid woodworking knowledge is the rock on which the business was founded.

View Schlabaugh and Sons Woodworking site for more of their handcrafted projects. Over the years Mark and John have designed several projects for WOOD magazine, including an Arts and Crafts Mantle Clock and Tile-Topped Keepsake Box. Learn more about their production techniques in the article 9 Production-Shop Tricks plus Plans for Five Great Jigs.


 

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