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Huenneken describes his art as fine woodworking. Though he has little formal training, Huenneken’s background as an artist stems from music and photography lessons he had as a younger man. He says his wife, who also serves as his artistic partner, paints and does digital art, so the two often collaborate on projects.
Some items the Bearded Guy has made in the past include pens, tables, and cutting boards. Huenneken wants all of his artwork to be unique.
“Much of my work will show incongruous materials or media to achieve something new. I try to take vintage materials and transform them into something you won't see at your average craft show,” Huenneken says.
Though he clearly has mastered the skill of woodworking, Huenneken is continually looking for ways to differ and improve upon his artwork.
“Learning new skills to incorporate into my work and seeing how various materials work with each other [inspires me]. For example, working with Art Ciccotti in his glass studio has changed how I view the way I can treat wood,” Huenneken says.
Huenneken chose to be a part of the Ames Area Studio Tour because he believes it’s a good way to reach the community at large, and he enjoys making custom items for people.
More information on Some Bearded Guy and his products can be found on his Facebook, Etsy, and website.
Learn more about Jess Huenneken, his work, and the Ames Area Studio Tour by visiting our website, here.