Mike Clapp of Chino Valley thoroughly enjoys creating things from an assortment of beautiful woods.
"I have been in construction all my life building homes, so after retiring I spend my time at my hobbies of gardening and woodworking. I have always worked with my hands, so this hobby keeps me busy," said Mike.
Mike creates items such as cutting boards of inlayed woods, Lazy Susans, scrapbooks, jewelry boxes, and elaborate boxes for photos, besides individual carvings of birds and animals.
"I use a variety of different woods on my pieces such as Maple, Hickory, Purple Heart, Curly Walnut, Teak, Oak, and more. My items are all original designs by me and are basically one of a kind," Mike explained.
Mike's artistic wood pieces can take him for two to fifteen hours to complete.
"The time it takes me to finish each piece varies depending on the detail and whether or not I make a mistake," Mike said grinning.
" After I make a piece, it takes hours of sanding, then I apply a finishing oil, and also put three coats of wax on it. But, each finished piece gives me a lot of satisfaction to know that I created it," he added.
Recently Mike submitted his work and was accepted by the board of the Artists Studio Tour, which will be on Oct. 5,6, and 7. Mike is looking forward to being on the tour along with 60 other local artists four of them also in Chino Valley.
Mike enjoys making his wood art and is now working on a Texas Hold-um Poker Box using five different types of inlayed wood.
"I have worked hard heavy construction all my life and beat my body up," Mike said.
"Now I want to relax and just use my hands and mind to make these beautiful art pieces."
Mike can be contacted to do commissioned work at 636-5190.