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Fine Woodworking

Michelle Myers; photo by Steve Williams

PHOTO: STEVE WILLIAMS

Recent graduate Michelle Myers built some strong relationships at Penn State; she also built a passion to create enduring furniture.

The Boalsburg, Pa., native first became interested in woodworking in high school. “I took shop class all four years of high school and really enjoyed it. After that, I knew it was what I wanted to do.”

Myers, who graduated in 2010, majored in wood products with a business marketing option and developed an array of skills that she polished during a nine-month comprehensive program at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine.

She now works in Paterson, N.J., for Iino, Inc., a company that specializes in high-end furniture and architectural millwork.

“I am becoming more efficient and learning a lot about the business side of things,” explained Myers. “Many of our projects are with architects, so I am getting exposure to many different styles of design as well.”

Myers also takes time to create her own designs. Her table was featured in the show “Regeneration: Fine Woodworkers Under 30.”