This edition of Behind the Work focuses on Randy Schnobrich, woodworker and fine craftsman. With more than 20 years of woodworking under his belt, Randy has built everything from cabins to dogsleds, commissioned furniture to custom doors. Randy also teaches several woodworking classes at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais.
Randy’s life in the North is a classic – he’s mushed dogs, planted 20,000+ trees on his homestead and built eight outbuildings on his property (but still no garage). He moved to the North Shore from Wisconsin in 1994 with plans to raise a family and create a new lifestyle. After buying some land “back in the woods a bit,” he and his wife built a woodshop and log home, a perfect spot to raise three kids and live a little closer to the earth. With more than 20 years of woodworking under his belt, Randy has built everything from cabins to dogsleds, commissioned furniture to custom doors. Nearly all of his interests lie in the outdoors, and he says it’s hard to remember life before Cook County.
Behind the Work is a production of the WTIP News Department. The ongoing series is dedicated to exploring what folks do to get by in our North Shore community and the contributions individuals make to the community through work.
Some of Randy’s work will be on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post in Grand Marais as part of a furniture exhibit curated by Scott Pollock of the North House Folk School. The exhibition opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, April 9 and runs through May 23.