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J.Potts Design Origins

         Thanks for taking the time to visit my site.  Let me take a moment to introduce myself and tell you a bit about who I am.  My name is Joshua Potts, I'm from and still live in Maryland with my wife and two children. 

         My interest in woodworking started when I lived in Vermont and had a fully functioning wood shop available to me.  I was browsing in the farmhouse library one day and I found a book that was all about carving wooden spoons.  Now, I was always artistically inclined and enjoyed drawing, painting and sculpture.  I had worked with wood before in a practical sense, some basic carpentry, but I had no real experience at this point with wood carving or fine woodworking.  My family planned on driving up from Maryland to visit me for the holidays that year and, not having much money at the time, I set myself to the task and was able to carve a spoon for each of my family members.  I felt like I needed something else to go with the spoons, so I found some of the best ice cream available from a local creamery and that was that. 


          Since then, I have approached most of my woodwork as creating functional art that is inspired by the natural world and the artisans that have come before me.  Being in the moment, that sense where time disappears, happens for me when I am in the flow of creating in my shop.  In some ways you almost are forced to be present when working with tools, especially when being distracted can result in potentially losing a finger or worse.  My work shifted from spoon carving to cutting boards and now has entered the domain of furniture and decorative art.  With that being said, I have decided to share with others what I make and at the same time create a life that is unlimited in terms of where I go with this creative path. I hope that you enjoy seeing my work unfold as I discover new techniques and, push myself to create one of a kind creations that can be passed down through generations.

          If you are interested in purchasing something that I have made, there are some items that are available through my online store.  This store will update periodically and if you are interested in being the first to know please sign up for my email update list.  If you are looking through the gallery and see something that you like, fill out the contact form and we can arrange to have something similar created that is unique to you and your needs.  

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