Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Preserving the Tradition

Martha Collins


Martha Collins

"Leaving graduate school in the early 1970’s I envied friends who had a cabinet shop and were working with their hands.  After a short interim as a carpenter’s assistant I was able to be trained by the State of Michigan at the State Technical and Rehabilitation Institute in cabinetmaking. It was wonderful. Two and half years of instruction, every day from 8 to 3. Upon graduation I was hired by the John Widdicomb Furniture Factory as a management trainee and went to work in their sample room.  

In 1978 I opened my own shop producing custom furniture and cabinets. At this same time I was spending a lot of time in a guitar shop learning about dyeing veneers, laminating exotic woods and creating wooden jewelry. In 1983 my family moved to the Northwest to a shop and home that I designed and built. Here along with cabinets and furniture I produced a line of bracelets that I offered throughout galleries on the West coast. In 1995 I joined Admiral Marine Works making the interiors of wonderful large and very expensive yachts. For the last decade I have been teaching woodworking courses and participating in national art shows throughout the country."



Website: http://studiomarthacollins.com/
E-mail: martha@studiomarthacollins.com
Phone (360) 683-2678
Location: Sequim, WA