Matt Seiler
  • 51, Male
  • Tinley Park, IL
  • United States
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Matt's little corner of woodworking heaven

My Bio

I work with wood for a living, and am generally out in the shop six days a week from about 10:30-11:00 AM until 7-8:00 PM every night. Pretty much the same number of working hours per day as normal people, just shifted over a few hours as a courtesy to the neighbors. (besides: who wants to hear the lilting song of a router chewing through bubinga at 8:AM, anyway??)

Besides working with WOOD online as a forum host, I'm also a Board member, and hold the office of Secretary in the Chicago Furniture Designer's Association.

The CFDA is a professional organization made up of furniture makers (in any medium - not just wood), college industrial arts professors, architects and industrial design professionals. You have seen some of their names and their work in the gallery pages of the top-tier woodworking magazines. Many are represented by galleries and even have pieces in museums. As I have learned, the group's strength is really in the internal network of people. And as a result, my craft, and my belief and expectations of myself, have ratcheted up considerably since joining at the beginning of 2007.

I generally keep a running photo record of what's on my bench at any given time. It's helpful to me, as I can refer back to the photos if I need to duplicate a process, or if the client has issues with a piece, or decides that they want a second copy (which has happened, actually). And it also helps the efforts here at WOOD Online, since a lot of the kinds of things I find myself getting into are a bit foreign to some folks. So it can serve as a primer to help direct the interested in how to get from start to finish on a new technique or challenge. If you haven't seen it already, look to my BLOG here at WOOD Online for details and photos of what's been on my bench lately.

Now, I realize that some may wonder how a 40-something guy can be out in the shop all the time. Well, thanks to a corporate closure in 2001 I was given a rare chance to hit the "restart' buton in life. I'd spent the prior 20+ years mostly wearing a dress shirt and a tie for a living. But it didn't satisfy. I believe that some people are just genetically pre-programmed to work with their hands. I'm one of those type of people. I have to be building and fabricating new things in order to 'scratch where it itches'. Office life was a coat that just didn't quite fit.

Circumstances (and a brave and understanding spouse) lead me to being able to change career choices entirely and begin to work with wood every day, all day. I finally had the kind of time it takes to focus and hone my craft. I've still got a very long way to go before I'll be satisfied, but I'm pleased with the direction that I'm headed and with the progress that I've made thus far.

So join me as I explore the world of woodworking, designing and fabricating unique pieces for my clients, for shows, or just following my muse as I build pieces for my own home.

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Posted on December 16, 2008 at 1:00am

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At 5:13pm on September 18, 2009, James Davis said…
Hi Mat,
I'm using CAMBAM for my cam right now, but I'm looking into others to see what I like best, and my axis controller is from Rockcliff Machine. My post processor is MACH3. I'm using 270oz/inch stepper motors.
Thanks for your comment!
James Davis
At 2:48pm on January 8, 2009, Jim Becker said…
Thanks for the Hello, Matt. I spend most of my forum time at SMC and a horse forum; the latter because of the equestrian activities with my daughters. But I do try to keep up with what Uncle Marlen is up to from time to time... :)
At 3:26pm on December 25, 2008, www.MyChipCarving.com - Marty said…
Hi Matt, Thanks for your positive comments about the My Chip Carving videos I've posted. I'm glad they have encouraged you to consider chip carving as an addition to your woodworking skills. I'll add more videos as I produce them. If you are interested, I offer a free subscription to My Chip Carving if you'd like to receive free patterns and other chip carving tips.
Keep up the good work!
At 5:45pm on December 23, 2008, Bill Nelson said…
Yes Matt I took 2 classes with David J.A bowl turning and a bentwood lamenation class.He is really a great guy and very helpful.He went overtime for both classes.He seems like he would teach untill everyone has gone home.Liked your shop tour but I bet it's pretty cold out there these last few days.Cold out here in Mich but my shop is a conctant 55 degrees unless I chose to work in short sleeves then I turn it up a notch.Just a little dig
At 11:01am on December 19, 2008, Ed S. said…
Thanks Matt.... I see your page is all tweaked up. Looks great! I'll play around with it over the weekend!
At 11:55am on December 16, 2008, Dave at WOOD magazine said…
A nice start, Matt. Thanks for your contributions to WOOD magazine and to WOOD Online. dc

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