My name is David Strutzenberg, grew up in Mokena, Illinois. I’ve always been the exploring and curious type. Whether it was hiking aimlessly into the woods, building forts as a kid, building skateboard ramps, or drawing in a sketchbook whatever was on my mind, a common theme of create always stayed with me. My dad has run his own custom carpentry company for many years, so after high school it was only fitting to join him to help him out and learn the trades. To this day, still happily work with him and we are a successful team. Knowing in the future my dad will enjoy his retirement, a decision on what I want to do with the rest of my career had to be made. Through out this whole time working with my dad, I’ve always done woodworking projects for myself on the side and to think of a day where I could have my own shop to create all day would be amazing. Growing up, every year my parents always took my sister and I on awesome vacations. A lot of them up into the mountains of Canada and the Rocky mountains in the lower 48 were most memorable. While exploring out there I noticed how everything around in nature was creating art. From the designs on every leaf around you, to the the shapes of branches, to the tree roots forming really cool shapes, the way water in a river or creek shapes wood over time, or how can I forget the rocks! All rocks displayed in my artwork have been handpicked from mountain rivers and streams located in western Montana. I select each rock according to how unique,size,shape, and color. What I’m getting at is Nature is the one creating 98% of the art and I’m just adding my little twist but mainly to expose what it has created. Being able to show random pieces found on the ground and to think if I didn’t pick that up it would never be seen again, and just erode back into the earth. The best part is it’s almost a never ending resource we just have to go hike , stare at the ground ,and find it! Thank you!