Artist Profile

Dick Scheu, Wood Artist

Dick Scheu has been a woodworker since early childhood. When he was thirteen, his father bought a new Mark V ShopSmith. He helped his father assemble it, which began a long woodworking apprenticeship. Dick still has the very same ShopSmith today, and every time he uses it he treasures the memories of the times he and his father spent together. He says "It's a way of staying connected to my beginnings as a woodworker. Sometimes I can almost feel my dad's presence while I'm working."

Dick has always been woodworking. Even in the Navy he worked in a wood shop - repairing antiques and making desks, beds, picture frames and boat parts for admirals' homes, offices and boats. At Ohio State University, where he earned a degree in mathematics, he customized his MGA sports car with beautifully finished mahogany dash, door panels, shift knob, etc.

He began racing sailboats because he loved the beautiful wooden boats. He won many races but, being a woodworker, spent about as much time working on his boat as racing. He eventually sold his boat to start a new business. Then being without a boat, he dived into swimming and excelled there too, achieving All American status.

Dick's artistic talents were recognized early in grade school when he was singled out for advanced art training. He did not pursue a full time career in the arts, but he has applied his artistic talents to his many other interests. He has now combined his math aptitude, his considerable woodworking skills and his artistic talents to produce his incredible snowflakes. He is a unique wood artist.

Dick is a juried member of the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program, the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, Louisville Artisan Guild and The Ohio Designer Craftsmen. He is also a past vice-president of the KYANA Woodcrafters Club and was editor of their newsletter for many years.

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