When you want to build something with your bare hands, chances are you turn to Instagram for inspiration. If you’re looking to craft something from wood, you have loads of experts to choose from. One look at Ariele Alasko’s Instagram page and it’s easy to see that she has a BFA in sculpture from New York’s Pratt Institute of Brooklyn. Peruse her pics, and you’ll find stunning, hand-molded art installations and mobiles as well as a selection of carved-wood household products. Much of her ‘raw’ material is recovered from the walls of dilapidated Brooklyn buildings and repurposed into works of art, some of which she sells from her online store. If you check out her shop, don’t expect to find any pieces still available for sale. Each time Ariele adds products, they sell out quickly.
Paul Lemiski, @canadianwoodworks, 413K Followers
When you peruse Paul Lemiski’s Instagram feed, you’ll find the process is just as important as the end product when it comes to crafting dining chairs, rockers, stools and other wood products. This page includes lots of pics of Paul’s shop, tools, lumber and fellow woodworkers as well as the final result — handmade furniture almost too beautiful to believe. While you’re exploring, you can also find plenty of how-to videos as well as a link to an online store in case you come across a piece you can’t live without.
Ariele Alasko, @arielealasko, 385K Followers
One look at Ariele Alasko’s Instagram page and it’s easy to see that she has a BFA in sculpture from New York’s Pratt Institute of Brooklyn. Peruse her pics, and you’ll find stunning, hand-molded art installations and mobiles as well as a selection of carved-wood household products. Much of her ‘raw’ material is recovered from the walls of dilapidated Brooklyn buildings and repurposed into works of art, some of which she sells from her online store. If you check out her shop, don’t expect to find any pieces still available for sale. Each time Ariele adds products, they sell out quickly.
Marc J. Spagnuolo, @woodwhisperer, 226K Followers
Visit Marc Spagnuolo’s Instagram feed, and you’ll get much more than photos of a man building things. You’ll find product recommendations, woodworking tips, family photos and a few funny dog pics for good measure. There’s a reason why Marc goes by the name, the Wood Whisperer. He isn’t just a mere carpenter. Marc shares his knowledge and expertise through vlogs and podcasts, which you can find by visiting his website, and he contributes valuable articles to his readers and a variety of industry magazines.
Mike Pekovich, @pekovichwoodworks, 185K Followers
If you’re looking for a true woodworking purist, you can’t go wrong with Mike Pekovich. He creates lovely furniture mainly by using hand tools alone. In crafting his pieces, he aims to connect with the wood and forge a bond with potential buyers at the same time. For flawless craftsmanship and detail, check out photos of Mike’s Japanese kumiko boxes and cabinets. Visit his blog to see more of Mike’s work and to purchase his woodworking book, chock full of useful information and tips for aspiring woodworkers.
Anne Briggs, @anneofalltrades, 165K Followers
The name, Anne of all Trades, certainly fits Anne Briggs who is a former tech worker- turned carpenter, farmer and writer. While you’ll see plenty of photos of Anne working with wood on her Instagram feed, you’ll also spot her playing music, interacting with animals and enjoying time with her husband. Visit Anne’s website and you’ll find informative blog articles covering all kinds of topics from building a raspberry trellis to the best Christmas gift ideas for your favorite tinkerer. For even more goodies, check out the project plans Anne provides to readers, find a link to her YouTube channel and read Anne’s reviews for popular woodworking tools and gadgets.
Matt Cremona, @mattcremona, 148K Followers
Matt Cremona describes his process of harvesting raw material for woodworking as urban logging. To create gorgeous sideboards, tables, porch swings, charcuterie boards and more, Matt uses salvaged trees from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. As if that weren’t resourceful enough, he built his own sawmill to cut the wood. You can find Matt’s story chronicled throughout his Instagram feed with photos and videos. Visit Matt’s website and discover blog articles on all kinds of topics from stories about equipment and sawing to handy carpentry tips. For instance, if you want to find out how to make gooseneck moldings or what types of chisels to use, Matt has you covered.
Alexandra Zee, @aleksandrazee, 125K Followers
Look at Alexandra Zee’s Instagram page, and you’ll see the powerful influence that the desert — and nature in general — has on her work. Not only do her photographs reflect the hues of a desert landscape, but so do her signature wall hangings, tabletops and headboards. Alexandra’s degree in fine arts qualifies her to teach workshops in her studio and she has also written a book about her experience with woodworking. Visit her website to explore Alexandra’s portfolio, find a calendar of her upcoming shows, look at her available pieces for sale and/or buy a copy of her book.
Whether you’re looking for inspiration for your next project or you need a few woodworking tips, a visit to Instagram is a good place to start. Explore the feeds of any of these expert carpenters, or find more woodworking whizzes with the help of this handy influencer discovery tool.