Marc Adams: The Man

A Letter from Marc


The Big Story: How Craft Survives

Marc AdamsI started playing with wood as a youngster. Since my dad was a carpenter, he always made sure I had plenty of cut-offs to build everything from plywood forts to wooden go-karts. He always encouraged me to build bigger and better with a keen eye for excellence. Although woodworking was only a hobby for my dad, he had both a creative spirit and a passion for working with wood and just loved being in the shop making everything from door knobs to display cabinets. As I grew he introduced me to the lathe, bandsaw and even the radial arm saw. It was his desire to take an early retirement, build a building out back, and do nothing but create wooden items for the rest of his life. I bought into that plan as well, but always thought of woodworking as nothing more than quality time with my dad. The good Lord had a different plan for him, though, and he was taken away at a very young age. Needless to say, we never got to spend time together in the shop "playing." For months after his passing, I found myself struggling to walk into the shop, with the dust that had settled on the floor from his last cuts. Yet once again, the good Lord had a plan, only this time it was for me. Growing up I never thought of becoming a professional woodworker, it wasn't even on my radar. But the day I walked into that shop, by myself, I knew that was where I belonged.

A Young Marc Adams With His Father, JohnIt seems as though everyone has a story of how they got started working with wood. Nearly everyone can point their finger to one special person who inspired or encouraged them to make something with their hands. I'm always amazed how many people find that encouragement or inspiration right here, in my shop. With incredible instructors like Michael Fortune, Mitch Kohanek, Alan Lacer, Steve Latta, Chris Gochnour, Doug Stowe, Scott Grove, John Ressler, Michael Hosaluk, Alf Sharp, Chris Schwarz, Mike Pekovich, Gary Striegler, Thomas Lie-Nielsen, Jeff & Steve, Malcolm Tibbetts, Mary May and Paul Schürch, just to name a very few; these are the men and women who are inspiring people throughout North America, not only with their remarkable work, but through their willingness to pass on their skills, unselfishly. Their motivation is just like my fathers, they are passionate about what they do and they can't wait to share what they know - with YOU. Someday, when you are inspiring others, remember those special people in your life that made a difference, then pass on what you have learned with pride. If it hadn't been for my dad and his love for working with his hands, sharing that passion with me, I would have never ended up where I am today. I am honored to chase after his dreams and share our dreams with others!

Marc's Signature

About Marc Adams

Marc Adams MARC ADAMS has been woodworking professionally for more than 28 years. In 1991, he became a technical consultant to the WWPA, SFPA, AHEC, and the U.S. government, representing the United States on International Quality of Furniture Making. His work has appeared in Design Book Six and Design Book Seven, and his shop was featured in The Workshop by Taunton Press. In addition, his work has appeared in many national publications, and has been featured on the front cover of Woodshop News magazine. Marc has worked with the EPA in Washington on current woodworking issues, and has been a panel commentator at the prestigious International Woodworking Fair. Marc has won the Indiana Artist/Craftsman of the Year award three times and periodically does TV and radio talk shows on woodworking topics. He co-authored the book Working With Plastic Laminates and currently consults for both the laminate and adhesive industries. His “Technical Technique” video series is the largest-selling video series in the history of woodworking, and he was recently awarded four “Telly” awards.

Marc just completed an eight-part series on workshop safety for Popular Woodworking magazine and was a judge for the 2008 Veneer Tech Craftsman Challenge Awards and the 2009 AWFS Fresh Wood Student Competition. He lectures nationally for universities, guilds, and trade shows and does train-the-trainer programs for today’s biggest tool manufacturers. In 1998, he was chosen as one of Indiana’s Top 40 Under 40 in the local business community.