Matt Snyder

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Matt Snyder


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Location: Oregon and Alaska

I'm a wildland firefighter by trade and work for the Alaska Division of Forestry. I winter and have my home shop in Salem, OR. In the summer I work on a remote Initial Attack Fire Base in SW Alaska. My base is in the Village of McGrath, about 200 miles from the nearest road. On base we have a simple wood shop where I got my first fix working with wood on real tools like a table saw, sander, planer and router. We have to be fairly self sufficient due to the extreme remote nature of our base. It didn't take long for my newfound addiction to blow out of control.

When I returned home to Oregon at the end of the 2017 fire season I set to work cleaning out my very small garage and building up a proper wood shop. Even though I've only been in it for a few years, I feel like my journey to becoming a proper wood smith is progressing nicely. I learn something every time go go out to the shop and look forward to making art from the beautiful medium that is wood. My work may at times be unconventional, but I prefer to work outside the box, even when I'm making a box.

-- - I learn more from my failures than my successes.

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commented on Hemlock Tray 03-31-2020 03:48 AM
added project Tri-Flower Box #2 02-28-2020 08:49 PM
commented on Piano Box - Willow Burl 02-16-2020 02:18 AM
added project Piano Box - Willow Burl 02-15-2020 11:08 AM
commented on Willow Burl Box 01-23-2020 02:54 AM
commented on White Spruce Bench 01-22-2020 11:00 AM
commented on Segmented Steering Wheel 01-22-2020 06:18 AM
added project White Spruce Bench 01-22-2020 06:04 AM
added project Sander Disc Storage 01-22-2020 05:26 AM
added project Geometric Willow Burl Box 01-21-2020 06:21 PM
added project Willow Burl Box 01-21-2020 05:55 PM
commented on Willow Burl/Black Walnut Box 01-21-2020 05:05 PM
added project Willow Burl/Black Walnut Box 01-21-2020 04:38 PM
commented on Folding Workbench 02-11-2019 08:48 PM
commented on Adding LED Lights to Your Tools 02-11-2019 08:29 PM

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