This site features the design & craftsmenship of Ken Van Der Griend in Oak Park, Illinois - USA
Chess Set - August 2021
This is my latest project. It is made from walnut and hard maple. The plans and build article is from Woodsmith Magazine - No. 255 (June/July 2021).
Welcome to my website
I started woodworking in 1993 out of my 20 x 20 foot garage which continues to be my humble wood shop. I am self-taught for the most part but greatly appreciate the influences of my father, middle school shop teacher and PBS.
Besides family and friends, I also make custom cabinetry and fundraising items for local charities. My finished pieces, as well as my shop applications, often contain unique design elements that I hope you might find interesting. Please contact me via email of you have any questions.