About the Artist
My name is John C. Traeger, and as a lifelong woodworker I love the creativity involved when working with domestic and exotic woods from around the world.
As a woodworker artist, the two most important things that fuel my love of woodworking is the desire to create beautiful Jewelry Boxes that will last in your family for generations, and the ongoing search for unique exotic and domestic wood species that have beautiful and unusual grain and color patterns.
I have learned much from studying and sharing ideas with many fellow woodworkers. My lifelong love of wood and woodworking has fueled my desire to make beautiful, yet functional, pieces that people can enjoy. I examine each piece of wood to determine how best to display its attributes - and to bring out the beauty of its unique grain or color variations.
When I add the final finish to the wood I do not use any stains or dyes, I use a clear coat to enhance the wood's characteristics, but never to cover up what nature has given.