Purl Samoheyl


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About Me

I began my learning in woodwork at Twin Oaks community in Louisa where I lived for 18 years. There, they have 450 acres of hardwoods where I was a forester and ran the sawmill. I learned furniture making there and sought out chair makers to apprentice with in different states. I taught chair making and woodwork of all levels to adults and children in the homeschool program. I made a range of things for the farm somewhat similar to joiners in the Shaker communities. I made beds, chairs, coatracks, rolling pins, clothespins, all tool handles, seed racks for the garden seed business, rockers and toys. I am now in Portland, Oregon making much of the same work.

Teaching Style

Hand tool woodwork. Repair, make do type fixes all the way to refined polished master work. I’m interested in teaching a skill set and mindset of confidence when approaching a project. Pursuit of woodwork begins with a project or a goal. I learned through a mix of apprenticeship and less formal learning. Often through stories.

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Some Supplies You Might Need

Wood, some hand tools, a work bench or surface. A strong and deep abiding desire to learn without ever giving up.

*TRAIN is a free service offered by the Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities, which receives no proceeds from instruction. Our mission is to connect artists directly with students, and all instructional arrangements and financial agreements are made exclusively between the artists and the students. The Virginia Folklife Program does not assume responsibility or liability for these arrangements.