After graduating with a degree in Mathematics and Physics from Tusculum College in Greeneville, TN, I spent seven years in public education as a teacher and school administrator.  During that time, I was fortunate enough to teach drafting and woodworking for two years.  The next 35 years were spent in the financial services industry. 

In the late 1970’s, my wife and I undertook our first major renovation adding a second floor to our home, including a turning staircase, which I have often said was the largest piece of furniture I have ever built.  Most recently, we remodeled the kitchen in our 100-year-old home including reinstalling a rear staircase along with opening up and refacing a hidden fireplace.

Since my father was a home builder, I’ve been around wood my entire life.  My first remembrance of someone making something out of wood that was not part of a house, was a neighbor who gathered all the neighborhood kids in his garage on a rainy day.  He made a model sail boat out of redwood, then sailed it in a rain filled drainage ditch.  It made a lifelong impression that no doubt triggered my interest in creating a wide range of things from wood from small turnings to furniture to a motorized car for my daughters when they were young.

Over time my woodworking interests turned from functional woodworking, such as cabinetry, to the more artist side with a focus on furniture and accessories. Interests other than woodworking include golf, painting and drawing with an emphasis on pen and ink.



Wade Nystrom

(In partnership with Ron Campbell for tabletop artwork)