Grandpa's Woodshop

Chuck Baker of Grandpa's Woodshop creates beautiful handmade wood puzzles for children of all ages. All of his puzzles are made using a scroll saw, 3/4" thick Poplar, and are finished with a food-safe Mineral Oil, so there is no need to worry about harmful chemicals ending up in a kiddo's mouth!

Tell me a little bit about yourself, Chuck.
I run a one-man shop in my basement, retired US Navy 1958-1978, worked US Government contracts as a Senior Logistician and Senior Tech Writer for 12 years, Real Estate Agent in Northern VA for 17 years, now enjoying full retirement making wood puzzles for children, reading, and fishing/canoeing. Married, Father of 6, Grandfather of 13, Great Grandfather of 7. Another Grandchild in the oven, and more to come, I'm sure.

How did you originally get into your craft?

Grammar school and high school woodworking classes piqued my interest originally. Finishing our basement in 1984-85 required the purchase of some basic power tools, then slowly adding to the tool collection and reading some woodworking magazines, I started making puzzles for my Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. I tried selling my puzzles on Ebay without much luck, then discovered Etsy. Once I started listing the puzzles on Etsy, the business took off running. I've been selling on Etsy for just over 2 years now.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Catching my limit while bass fishing in my canoe on a glass-smooth lake in the middle of a beautiful summer day.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
Starting a woodworking project that I haven't built before.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
An item "needed" in my shop? Double my available space! Or more practically...a new 14" bandsaw.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I didn't have a clue!

What other shops or artists out there do you love?
I'm always interested in seeing what other Etsy craftsmen are making in the woodworking shops.

What does your future hold?
Hopefully, another 20 (or more) years of relatively healthy life.