Mark A. DeCou

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Location: working near the historic town of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas USA

You can contact me by email: [email protected]

I have a few things for sale on at this link:

I'm located on an old farmstead in the midst of the Tallgrass Prairie of the Kansas Flint Hills, I'm a Self-Employed, professsional Crafts Artisan. I work out behind our house in a small shop that I fixed up enough to shed rain and hold in the heat in the winter. It's not a "dream shop" but I make a lot of things in my cramped little place, and I enjoy the view out of each window. Life is good.

I was taught woodworking and design by my Father, a master furniture and clock builder, and former school woodshop teacher. One grandfather was a farmer and rancher, and taught me to fix equipment, enjoy working for myself, to love the outdoors, and to care for people. The other grandfather was a College Economics Dean at Kansas State University, and he taught me to stay out of debt and to love art. I also received some great training in High School Wood Shop with Mr. Ernie Hiekes who made each day make sense, and encouraged us to dream and explore the craft. One class with Marc Adams in 2000, was a great boost to me, and helped me see wood from a perspective that didn't involve squares and rectangles. Other than that, I'm mostly self taught, and try to learn a new craft or material every year to continue to grow creatively.

After obtaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University in 1987, I went onto work in the oil industry at Exxon and then Koch Industries. I left the corporate life to pursue my passion for working in wood in 1997. It's been a long and sacrificial journey, more so than I had imagined it would be. But I'm applying my hands to work that I dearly enjoy, and I feel gifted and blessed by the Master Creator, so I hope to continue for many more years.

I have been greatly encouraged by Sam Maloof's Autobiography, and his lecture in 2006 at the Western Design Conference, where he told us budding furniture makers to, "...Never give up, never give up, never give up, never, never, never, never, never give up....."

My Portfolio Includes:
- American Contemporary Crafts
- Commissioned Art Furniture
- Walking Canes and Walking Sticks
- Artisan Hat Making Tools
- Silversmithing & Jewelry
- Coppersmithing & Hardware
- Gun Stock Carving
- Gun Stock Repairs & Refinishing
- Fine Antique Restoration
- Scrimshaw Artwork
- Powder Horns & Historical Re-enactor Articles
- Custom Hunting Knives
- Custom Steak Knife Sets
- Historical Crafts & Paleo-Art pieces
- And an occasional sculpture piece, lathe turned piece, or something else unique and interesting that strikes my fancy at the time.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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Martin Sojka

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#1 posted 10-28-2006 07:48 PM

I’m glad you enjoyed your Summer contest prize, Mark. Don’t know if know but Glen Huey has been recently named Senior Editor at Popular Woodworking…

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Jim Earl

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#2 posted 11-22-2006 04:18 AM

Mark thank you for your comment on my entertainment center. I made a jig to bend my trim. I drew it up but for some reason I cant upload the picture. As soon as I can figure a way to up load I will. Again Thank You. Jim Earl

-- Jim Earl

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Jim Earl

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#3 posted 12-17-2006 10:41 PM

In the past I remember some one telling us about a place where we can sell our products for free. Can anyone help me find where I can sell. I would like to get something started to where I can sell some of my works. Thank You Jim Earl

—Jim Earl

-- Jim Earl

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#4 posted 12-17-2006 11:39 PM

Jim – You can check out or there’s always eBay.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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Mark A. DeCou

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#5 posted 12-18-2006 11:39 PM

Hey Jim: I have a lot to say about selling work, and how the internet can help, or mislead. I will put my thoughts together after the Christmas rush next week when I have the time to give the effort it needs.

Thanks for asking,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#6 posted 03-21-2007 09:37 PM


I admire your courage to become self employed. The first time I arrived at this site I was basically introduced to the Lumber Jocks through your interview for winning the winter contest. Reading about your commitment to Christ and your family was inspiring.

At work, I often daydream about woodworking as a profession. I feel drained at the end of the day dealing with the toils of the corporate world. Maybe after I get my wife’s and my college loans paid off I’ll feel more confident about that endeavor but we’ll see. I’m sure that self-employment isn’t always glamorous but being home with my family, doing what I love, and allowing my wife to continue to stay home with the kids would be glamorous enough.

Thank you for sharing your faith, thoughts, and projects.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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#7 posted 04-16-2007 05:19 PM


You are an inspiration to those of us who long to use the gifts and talents God has given us to use our creative minds and hands to recreate the beauty of His creation as He reveals it to us. My talents in working wood was lost for many years for reasons that need not be shared here. But now, as I have returned to the passion of my youth, God is restoring those talents and I am learning so much. I have a lot to learn when it comes to building furniture but I also have lots of time to spend in the shop. Thank you again for being here and sharing your talents and gifts in the wood shop. I hope to learn much more from you and others here at Lumberjocks


-- In His Grip,

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#8 posted 11-20-2007 05:18 AM

Mark I have went thru all your projects as well as your web site, I really admire your work, I wish I were more eloquent, but a simple thank you seems fitting.

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#9 posted 09-29-2008 03:48 AM

Hi Mark, just wanted to say hi. Looked scrimshaw up on the internet and you were in there some where. Glad you were. Joined lumberjocks because of it. I also work with antler and do scrimshaw. Just made some canes when I saw your site. Super work you do! If you get a chance check mine out. Just kind’a gettin’ goin’ on working in my shop so almost anything is possible. I also rehandle old knives, only done a few but it’s fun. Just am amazed at your work. Later>

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#10 posted 05-01-2009 05:09 AM

You were definitely blessed with a talent! Beautiful work! I’m new to LJs and have found a few other Kansans. You live in beautiful country. I drove back and forth from Wichita to Manhattan (K-State) and always admired the huge stone home w/ out buildings that is now part of the Kanza Wildlife area. I kept saying I was going to stop by and just knock and ask for a tour. Then several years after that I was driving by with a friend and there was a sign for tours! We pulled in and I finally got my tour! I look forward to checking out more of your work!

-- Karen W., KS.

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#11 posted 05-02-2009 02:11 AM

Congratulations! In the next few days you will have been a Lumber Jock for 3 years!

-- Gary D.

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#12 posted 05-02-2009 04:32 AM

Mark – that would be awesome if you have the time and patience for a semi-beginner. A few things I’d like to try are a shadow box of sorts to display my father’s hammer and drill somehow. And I’d like to make some sort of headboard (craftsman style). I would definitely expect to pay you for your instruction just like I would if I were taking a class. Let me know what you think.

-- Karen W., KS.

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Occie gilliam

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#13 posted 07-13-2009 06:05 AM

try this jock he built some befor

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you [email protected]

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#14 posted 09-05-2009 08:46 AM

Hey Mark, that’s a beautiful display table. Do you have any plans for it? I have a client here in South Africa who I recently made a knife display case for (see my projects) that would probably be interested. All the best, Art

-- Arthur T., Pringle Braai Furniture, South Africa, [email protected] A lion leaves its skin when it dies....

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#15 posted 11-15-2009 08:05 PM

Wow. Your work is out of this world. So detailed. I think is very, very impressive.

-- Brent -

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