About Michael Nauman-Montana

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I became interested fine woodworking during the historic preservation of our 1912 Ballard home.  Since then I have gone on to study cabinetmaking and fine woodworking at Seattle Central Community College, where my emphasis was on fine furniture design and construction.  While I was there, I also studied marine carpentry, which included fiberglass construction and repair and spray finishing techniques.

Perspective through Experience
After completing my degree, I worked with local cabinetmakers and woodworkers.   My interests in historical preservation stem from an extensive remodel of our 1913 home.

In 2002, I was involved in the relocation of a 1904 Ballard farmhouse, including the addition of a basement apartment.  The project required preparation for relocation, building a new foundation, plumbing and electrical work and the restoration and repair of the original windows.

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At Turner Exhibits, I did on-site work for kinetic architecture projects.  As a custom fabricator, I built exhibits for museums and interpretive centers, corporate displays as well as for residential installations.

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Design Influences
My experience with design includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree as well as coursework in architecture and the study of Japanese woodworking tools and techniques.

Vashon Island Residence
In addition to my work at Salmon Bay Woodworks, I am also working on the development of several acres of land on Vashon Island that will eventually include a woodshop, cabin and residence.

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