We have been creating scroll saw art puzzles since 1984. All work is both our design and creation. Each puzzle is individually cut by hand on a scroll saw, sanded, stained and painted, resulting in a unique work of art.
With respect to our natural world as well as human-kind our work is safe and non-toxic. Our designs reflect our love of nature as well as the people. Many new designs each year are inspired by the colors and shapes that surround us. It is our joy to share our journey and our mission to put a smile on the faces we meet.
Mark P. Mooney is a full time academic at the University of Pittsburgh and part-time craftsman and co-founder of Ginkgo Studios with his wife Kathleen Allen, a potter. He is inspired by the philosophy and beauty of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Honest craftsmanship, good design, and organic materials are the cornerstones of his work.
Mark has studied with Seattle-based artist and craftsman Thomas Stangeland on Greene and Greene style furniture making; Ben Little and Tom Harris, two Roycroft Master Artisans, on Craftsman style furniture making at their studio in East Aurora, NY; and Master Craftsman Jeffery Lohr on Mission Style furniture design at his studio in Pottstown PA. Mark also teaches Arts and Crafts furniture and frame making classes at GNA Woodworks in McKees Rocks, PA. Mark is a member of the Pittsburgh Craftsman’s Guild, Touchstone Center for Crafts, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Western Pennsylvania Woodworkers.
Mark works mainly with traditional Arts and Crafts style woods such as quartersawn oak, walnut, mahogany, and ebony. The pieces at the Fair in the Park are examples of his furniture and especially his Arts and Crafts frames, which can be commissioned and finished by the holidays.
Utensils made from select cherry wood; band sawn, drum sanded, and finished in light mineral oil.
In all my work I strive to balance the tactile and aesthetic qualities with the use of utility and purpose.
My utensils have a unique sense of balance and warmth because they are designed with the hand and purpose in mind.
Noah Lorang is a woodworker specializing in wooden topographic maps of countries, states, counties, parks, and other geographies. He operates Elevated Woodworking in Dravosburg, PA.
My art is an exploration in wood where I utilize various domestic and exotic hardwoods to serve as my canvas. I either harvest, or hand-select specific species for a project choosing wood that is highly figured or has an interesting grain pattern. To obtain a striking visual effect I will incorporate one or more secondary species or introduce a non-wood component for a contrasting yet complimentary union of materials. Almost as important as my selection of wood type and design, special attention is paid to the finishing process. Each piece has multiple coats of an oil-varnish blend to accentuate the naturally occurring pattern within the wood. The end result is a functional piece of art that can be used for placement, containment, or concealment.
Became juried as a member of the PA Guild of Craftsman in 1982. I created wooden cooking utensils with traditional hand tools, gouges, mallet and drawknife out of PA hardwoods, wild cherry, curly maple and black walnut, etc… Dominique, my wife, joined me and as a team we went on to create wooden vessels, one-piece cutting and serving boards, coffee tables and table tops.