Artist Profile: Gregg Palm

G3 Studios’ signature items are pepper mills and salt grinders, with adjustable grinding mechanisms and epoxied finishes.

From boldly designed pepper mills and salt grinders to elegant vessels, cutting boards, bottle stoppers and more, woodworker Gregg Palm marries exceptional craftsmanship with perfect functionality. “My passion is to transform everyday objects into prized pieces,” he says. “Each is an original. The texture, strength, grain and infinite variation in wood inspire me, and seeing each piece come together gives me a feeling of complete satisfaction.”

Palm initially pursued a career in mechanical engineering, worked his way through school as a tool and die machinist, then went to work in the automotive industry. Twenty years later, he felt “distant from the hands-on creative process I loved and I began woodworking as a hobby.” From a part-time flirtation, it soon became a full-blown love story: “I felt as if all parts of me became whole working with metal and wood.”

G3 Studios was launched in 2003 by Palm and Yvonne Holland, his wife and business manager. The couple introduced their one-of-a-kind products at art fairs and galleries throughout the Midwest. He is a Buyers Market of American Craft exhibitor, and today his flat- and turned-wood products are in demand throughout North America.

Math figures prominently in the artist’s complex process; each and every component must fit together precisely. Palm uses no stains or dyes, only natural woods from Forest Stewardship Council suppliers around the world, and each item undergoes multiple stages: planing, cutting, lathing, routing, epoxying and sanding. A single piece can take from one to three weeks to complete. Ultimately he plans to enlarge his studio, enhance his metalsmithing skills, and add furniture and wall art to his product lines.

When not making art, Palm enjoys a round of golf. But mostly, his head is spinning with “unlimited possibilities that often find me burning the midnight oil inside my studio or searching for new ideas online. I am constantly dreaming up how to make something different and unique.”