Jason Green was in his fifth year of studying towards an economics doctoral degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder when he hit a wall. “I realized I needed to be making things with my hands,” he explains. Although he’d never worked with wood, he was naturally attracted to it, and found a local furniture maker who offered classes in 2003. That led to an intensive 12-week course at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. At that point, he says, “I knew I could do this for the rest of my life.”
You probably don’t anticipate holiday spending will be as lavish as in previous years, but that doesn’t mean your customers plan to cut back on quality, or not go the extra mile for the most important people on their lists. We’ve gathered some great gift ideas by emerging artists, including pieces that will fit into a range of budgets.