“Children like craftsmanship because it allows them to prove something to themselves and to prove something to other people that’s visible and measurable. You’re learning something that takes you beyond yourself.”
Doug Stowe uses all Arkansas wood in his shop in Eureka Springs, where he’s been making custom furniture and a line of decorative boxes for more than 30 years. He originally began his artistic career as a potter years ago, but prefers working with native hard woods for their variety, colors and textures. “Wood is something that connects us deeply with our natural environment but also has a warm, tactile response,” he says of his material of choice. Stowe also teaches woodworking to young students at Clear Spring School, where he created the Wisdom of the Hands Program after noticing a decline in participation in crafts among youth. Stowe has published several books on woodworking and continues to write for a number of woodworking magazines.