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I have been creative all my life. I was involved in the restaurant business in one capacity or another most of my life until I began having serious back problems.  This finally caused me to leave the business I truly loved. I had built and opened my first restaurant at age 21 and had two others by the end of my career. One of my many highlights happened in my last venture. Esquire magazine reviewed my restaurant in the New Orleans French Quarter. They were so impressed that they said that my restaurant was "the only place to eat blackened redfish in New Orleans!" What an honor!

Shortly after my forced "retirement" I was diagnosed with a rare neurological disease that left me totally debilitated. Although taking almost 13 years I have made a remarkable recovery. When I’m in my shop I think that is the best therapy for me and that things don't seem as bad while I’m working.

The only way I am able to do turning was by figuring a way to work at my lathe while seated. It's not very comfortable and while this is not the usual procedure it enables me to spend more time creating works of art. I use to work on a 25 year old lathe I purchased years ago just because it was a good deal, not knowing I would one day be using it full time in my business, that was until I purchased a new mini-lathe,  and  recently a new full size lathe. Watch for some supersize pieces coming soon. My old lathe has moved on to someone I know will give it a good home.

I have a shop full of wood that I started collecting in 2002 and have recovered wood from trees and buildings Katrina damaged. I am doing what I can to utilize urban forestry wood as well as recycling wood from the construction and demolition industry.

I am determined to devote the time I have working in my shop to make the finest works I can and to be a well respected (and collected) artist. I want my customers to be very happy with their purchases and to cherish the form as well as the beauty of the wood I choose for each piece. People in every state and seven foreign countries own art that I created; those are the places that I know about.

 As you peruse this site you can see that many of the items are already sold.  And just to let you know where my work is heading, I just started turning in august 2006, and am self taught! Keep an eye on what comes out of this "Celtic Woodshop" and watch for when my new designs and innovations I am working on now make it to these pages. I can do commissions and will work with you on designs and wood selections. If you have a tree with special meaning that has been cut down or will be soon I can make something that will allow you to keep those sentiments with you. Contact me for cutting and storage instructions as soon as possible.  Even if the tree is down since the hurricane it may still be salvageable and I may be able to make part of it into a beautiful bowl, lidded box, a vase, or....???

I can be emailed at thecelticwoodshop AT hotmail DOT com or call me at 504.913.1313


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Donald L. Kneip said:   April 19, 2011 10:54 pm PST
Hi. You emailed me about my bank on ebay. I will send you some pictures of my work. What beautiful work you do. I have a friend that turns bowls out of wood from trees. I will give him your Website. He will probably contact you. Don

Kurt Overmyer said:   March 23, 2011 6:41 pm PST
I purchased one of your fountain pens from the Artist's Guild in New Orleans. It is so nice to be able to use such a nice pen every day. Thanks, Kurt

Teresa Pope said:   March 7, 2011 4:51 pm PST
Your work is most creative & desirable, Thank you for creating our one of a kind wine pull/stopper. we own property in the Pike National forest inherited from my grandparents and I plan to hunt for wood to send to you so we can have it made into keepsakes. Please let me know what wood is best. We have some Firs, but mostly Pines & Aspen. T.

krissy fradella said:   July 18, 2010 8:11 pm PST
I really like your website, so much talent!! I will have to keep you in mind when I'm looking for a unique item.

carter choate said:   October 21, 2009 4:17 am PST
I share your love for the beauty of wood and the time spent in a woodworking shop. I am glad to see you have made a successful business in spite of hurdles and setbacks. May God continue to bless you.

Jim Shackelford said:   October 8, 2009 10:51 am PST
MIke I like your website, did you build it and do you maintain it? I was thinking about doing one so my son-in-law in the Air Force can put his pens and things he turns. If you don't mind sharing this info I appreciate it. Once again your work is getting better each time I look at it.

Chip Fleming said:   July 26, 2009 2:04 pm PST
I am interested in your fountain pens. May I see pictures and prices? Thank you

Scott Guinot said:   December 3, 2008 8:00 pm PST

Gerry Murray said:   March 19, 2008 9:27 am PST
Very nice work!! You said ask anything, well here goes. when you finish turning a bowl or vase, how do you get rid of the raised blemishes that pop up in the wood,ie: ive sanded, raised the grain , sanded, raised the grain on and on .I cant seen to get them completly smooth. do you have a secret your willing to give up? Thank you very much! Gerry Murray Pinehurst North Carolina

Earl Shackelford said:   February 4, 2008 3:56 pm PST
Mike all your works are beautiful. You are truly an artist.

Laura Myers said:   January 22, 2008 4:05 pm PST
gorgeous work

beren said:   January 20, 2008 12:52 pm PST
i want every piece that i've seen here. they are all gorgeous. as an artist myself, i know that i am more than a little jealous!

Tom and Kim Gaule said:   November 27, 2007 4:20 pm PST
The pieces are beautiful and will become heirlooms for anyone lucky enough to own one.

Erin Curtin said:   October 29, 2007 3:41 pm PST
Beautiful work!!

Irish Mike said:   October 12, 2007 9:19 pm PST
Just want to tell all my guest "Hello", enjoy looking through the site and please ask if there is anything you would like more info on or ask anything you want, something you would like to see me make...whatever, Thanks for stopping by, Please let me know if you want an email when new pieces go on display. AND NO ONE GETS THIS INFO BUT ME AND I HAVE A SECURE EXTERNAL STORAGE SITE SO FEEL SAFE HERE!

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