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Michael Childs

  • 600 Palm Drive, Novato CA, 94949
  • archived-artists

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Courtyard at Unity in Marin

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About The Artist



I was born in Philadelphia, PA, in 1941. I opened my first shop in 1971. I’ve been a professional woodworker since, taking on commissions of all kinds, designing and building. I moved cross country in 1975, settling in Oakland, CA. Since 2005, I’ve been producing original pieces which have been well received by jurors and the public. In 2010, I moved to the Los Angeles Area where I live with a wonderful woman and an adorable little dog. My two wonderful sons, whom I raised as a single dad, live nearby.

Awards, etc.

I have won 15 awards for woodworking and poetry, most notably: 1st place in Woodworking at the 2008 California State Fair for the original Walking Table, 1st prize in Large Tables and 3rd prize in Studio Art Furniture at the 2014 and 2019 Orange County Fairs, 3rd prize at the 2018 California State Fair where, in 2019, I won 1st prize and Judges Choice for the purple heart table. In 2020, the purple heart table won 2nd Prize in Sculpture at the Beverly Hills Art Festival. Last year I built 20 stools for a listening bar in San Diego and I was commissioned to build 4 barstools for a client from Hawaii whom I never met. Sight unseen and after 8 months, they were completed and shipped. The client is very happy with them. In another note, six of my pieces are going to be featured as the handiwork of Jennifer Garner in a  new TV series where she portrays a woodworker.

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