The artisans

Tom Dolese

Tom was born on the Navaho Reservation in Ganado, Arizona.  He was five when his family moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where he grew up. After college, while doing geophysics research in Yellowstone Park, Tom built a small scribe-fit log cabin on land owned by his family in the Beartooth Mountains and realized he was more interested in creating furniture than working as a geophysicist. After meeting Jennifer, he moved to Missoula, Montana, where he set up a woodworking shop and started designing and building furniture. Currently, Tom builds gallery and commission pieces and teaches woodworking in his Bellingham, Washington studio. Tom is a member of Artwood, a local woodworking cooperative gallery in Bellingham, WA, and The Northwest Woodworkers Gallery in Seattle, WA.



Jennifer Dolese

Jennifer grew up in Missoula, Montana. She attended Willamette University for two years, then the University of Regensburg in Germany for a year before finishing up at the University of Montana with degrees in English and Environmental Studies. Jennifer worked for the YMCA, the Montana Natural History Center, Clark Fork School, and then enjoyed being a full-time mom when her daughter, Sarah, was born.  As her husband, Tom, started designing and building furniture, Jennifer took classes in stained and leaded glass design.  She began building commissioned pieces, often collaborating with Tom. Jennifer expanded into the art of marquetry (pictures made with wood veneers) after taking a course at the Anderson Ranch Art Center from marquetarian Craig Vandall Stevens.  Jennifer has been working as an artisan for 18 years.  Her work is influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement, the Prairie style, geometric images, other artists, and the organic lines and patterns of Nature.  Jennifer is a member of the Artwood Gallery in Bellingham, WA, and The Northwest Woodworkers Gallery in Seattle, WA.