Featured Artist Andrew Fichtler

Inspired by travel experiences and a with goal of excellence in craftsmanship, artist Andrew Fichtler creates sculpture and furniture made to last. See his website to view more of his work.


hand carved live edge bowl

“Live Edge Bowl” apple wood burl, 14″ x 8″


I haven’t exactly taken the normal path most people would think of for an artist. However, it’s an integral part of who I am and why I create.


woodcarver at work

Andrew Fichtler at work in Mammoth Projects Workshop


I’m currently serving in the military as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician in the US Navy. Our job is to take care of any explosive, chemical, biological, or nuclear threats that might arise. It is a fast-paced lifestyle, which I love. However, it is easy to lose track of who you are and become consumed in the job. Woodworking and sculpture provide an opportunity to ground myself, focus on a particular task at hand and time for reflection.


handmade wine rack in shape of a great blue heron

“Great Blue Heron Wine Rack” juniper wood, 42″ x 12″


I tend to get my inspiration for projects from a variety of different experiences. I’ve traveled extensively over the past fifteen years, both personally and for work. This has influenced me greatly. Traveling on vacation or with the military can be completely different or strikingly similar, depending on the circumstances and the people beside you.


detail of handcarved heron wine rack

“Great Blue Heron Wine Rack” (detail)


I’m very fortunate to be able to say that I have worked with different nations from all over the world and with some of the best people I have ever met. The experiences and stories that have come from this have given me unique perspectives as well as new ideas. For example, while I was in Finland, I was told a personal story of one man’s grandfather fighting in the Winter War in 1939. He would carve designs into the wooden stock of his rifle at the end of each day. This story sparked the idea for the Bear Chair and a new style of furniture that I want to continue to develop and explore.


handmade wood, leather and steel bear chair

“Bear Chair” spalted oak, leather, hand forged steel claws, 44″ x 40″


My style is difficult for me to pin down, but one thing I try my best to maintain is an emotional attachment to each piece. This does two things for me. First, it drives me to produce something that I am proud of and meets my own personal standards instead of pumping out a production piece and calling it good enough.


closeup of bear chair with claws

“Bear Chair” (detail)


Secondly, when I put a bit of myself into the piece, I believe it comes through in the final product. My goal is to always come out on the other side with something people can feel and connect with. In today’s world of cheap, mass-produced furniture and the need for the newest versions of everything, I think that meaningful connections are a critical thing missing from most people’s lives. I’m trying my best to bring that back, piece by piece.


Ceramic horse sculpture

“Horse Study” ceramic, 12″ x 8″


These days I’m selective about the projects I take on. I have quite a few ideas in the works for a series of larger unique wall hangings (so keep an eye out for those). However, finding the time is always a challenge. Balancing the military, woodworking, sculpture, and my family is a tricky one to say the least. Luckily, I have the best parents and brothers a guy could ask for, an amazing wife who helps in every aspect and I couldn’t do without, and two kiddos who do their best to drag me out of the shop to play and keep me young.


Artist Andrew Fichtler

Artist Andrew Fichtler


It may not be the normal life of an artist, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.


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  1. Katherine Fichtler says

    Andrew Fichtler is a totally awesome individual, and an artist that always amazes! By the age of three, I knew he could have a future in art. As his mother, seeing that artistic ability come to fruition is a great blessing! His work always delivers the full spectrum of art ideals.

  2. Andrew Fichtler says

    Thanks Mom!
    I can always count on you for your love, support and direction!

  3. Wow, this work is gorgeous and I love how Andrew brings out the inner beauty of the wood with the depth of color and accentuation of the grain lines. The way he incorporates the unique character of the wood into each piece is really wonderful. I am so glad he was able to share his art here!

  4. I love your creativity and your ability to bring out the beauty of the wood and turn it into a functional item as well as a desirable, beautiful piece of art. It will be interesting to see what all you will be able to produce!

  5. Love your art work.

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