Real Innovation: An Interview with a Millennial Woodworker

Des Geulasse is such a huge supporter of the maker movement and the future of tomorrow. Primrose and I are obsessed with spaces like Etsy, Reddit and Brit+Co because they are total game changers in how creativity is viewed by humanity. I think it’s really important to show parents and other adults that it’s okay to follow an unconventional life path, that sometimes it’s better to be happy and die young and poor rather than live a long, normal life that will most likely be filled with mediocrity (yes mom, I do still think I made the right decision).

In honor of the maker movement, we decided to reach out to some amazing people we know and give you readers true insight into skills you may not be familiar with in order to inspire.

We will start things off with a man we met recently while shopping at a Home Depot. He was pushing a shopping cart and we liked the way he looked so we followed him until he asked us to stop. Obviously we didn’t stop, we followed him home and forced him to tell us about his life in true Geulasse fashion. And how lucky we were indeed to make his acquaintance- read the interview below and stick around for a killer DIY at the end!

Who are you?

My name is Chuck Smith. I make things out of wood.

How did you get into the wood working business?

When I was a young boy I spent a lot of time in the woods and didn’t have many friends. To keep myself company I carved out some friends from some wood I found. I’ve been working with wood ever since.

What are you life passions?

I like carving wood, welding, tanning leather, knife making, and figure skating.

What are your life goals?

I want to create good things that last and people appreciate. I also want to land a triple lutz.

What achievement or success are you most proud of?

I planted a tree when I was 5, waited 20 years, and then cut it down and turned it into a desk.

Do you think wood is still relevant in this day and age?

Wood is as relevant as ever. Plastic is for suckers.

Do you plan on retiring from wood working? 

I’ll die first.

What advice would you give to our readers about living life to its fullest?

Make something with your hands. Preferably out of wood, steel, and/or leather.

Do you have any fashion advice for a future wood worker?

Overalls are the only pants you’ll need.


Today Chuck will be teaching us all to make one of his famous, hand detailed, all natural, wooden coasters. I don’t think the pictures even do them close to justice!

Chuck: I start with a stump. I pick the stump myself from a forest. I use only the biggest stumps I can find. I like to measure the stump. Once I’ve measured it and I’ve decided I like it I draw a circle in the middle so I can capture it’s beauty. This circle is also where I will carve.



Chuck: This is easy to do at home. You will just need a hammer, a chisel and a hot iron rod. You will also need a large stump. The largest you can find.

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    Ali Gelson
    July 6, 2016 at 8:34 am

    I am so inspired! I have a stump in my yard and I was literally just wondering what to do with it because it is in the way of my new mini trampoline. Now I will definitely use it to make coasters! I hope mine look as good.

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    July 6, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Ooh Chuck is so good looking! Is he single? Can I get his number?

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      July 6, 2016 at 4:09 pm

      Hello Kate, great question! Chuck asked that we don’t give out his phone number or any personal information… BUT I highly recommend calling this number to talk to him: (202) 456-1111

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    Jessica Fields
    July 6, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Does it matter what kind of stump it is? Like does it have to be wood?

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    July 6, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Is Chuck available to answer any questions? I’m just wondering if maybe it would be easier to use power tools? It seems a little tedious and extreme the way he does it.

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    July 6, 2016 at 11:17 am

    I usually hate coaster tutorials but this one is great! Definitely going to try it later

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    July 6, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Such an amazing post! I’ve always been so interested in woodworking.


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      July 6, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      Molly I looked at your blog and there is no woodworking. Most of the pictures are of you, have you considered posting pictures of wood instead? As a big wood fan, I can tell you that there are many readers like me who would follow your social media sites if they involved wood

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        July 6, 2016 at 4:11 pm

        Hi Barbie- glad to see a wood fan here on the blog! It seems like you and Molly have some shared interests, love seeing connections form via blogging!

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        July 13, 2016 at 9:23 pm

        Gotta echo Barbie on this one

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      July 6, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      Thank you for reading, Molly! We are glad so many people are enjoying the post 🙂

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    Carol M
    July 6, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    If it’s a vegan DIY I’m in! Thank you Geulasse sisters for the educational post.

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    July 6, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Every year my boyfriend and I save the a piece of our christmas tree stump. We usually just write the year on them with a marker, but this is such a cute idea!!
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    July 7, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Chuck is a hearthrob. I love his passion for ice skating. I think he should put the wood on the backburner and show off those male ice skater muscles. DAMN!

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    July 7, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Chuck can triple lutz me.

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    July 7, 2016 at 12:14 am

    This post really stumped me!
    LOVE it!
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    July 13, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    The part where he says: “planted a tree when I was 5, waited 20 years, and then cut it down and turned it into a desk”!!!
    Omg this touched my heart. Honestly I never met anyone else who did this but now I know I am not the only one!! So thankful to have stumbled upon this post. Can’t wait to tell my family as they know how isolated I have felt!! Not anymore!! Chuck I hope to meet you someday! Perhaps in the woods!

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    […] Chuck Smith even showed up to the DIY party and wore them while barbecuing for us! It was such a nice surprise because we never told him where we lived, but I’m glad he found us 🙂 […]

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    July 23, 2016 at 3:21 am

    If only there were more cleevr people like you!

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