The Craftsman: Andy Ward
Andrew Ward grew up on the lakes of Minnesota, but eventually found his way to the mountains of Colorado. After a few years of playing in the mountains - skiing, climbing and biking he decided to pursue an architecture degree from the University of Washington. While at university Andy found himself spending more time in the woodshop than at the drafting table. Eventually he came to the realization that he wanted to be hands-on from start to finish in the design process and that furniture design might be a better match. Moving back to Colorado, Andy began as a rustic furniture maker, using locally gathered wood, and teaching himself from books and through trial and error. Eventually he went on to study woodworking at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado. His pieces became more refined as his woodworking skills grew. In 2005, Andy returned to school, completing a 9-month program at the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Department.
Andy lives and works in the small town of Ophir, Colorado with his wife and two small children. At 10,000 feet, the mountains are literally a step out the door and when he’s not in the shop, he still finds plenty of time to play outside and reconnect with his inspirations.