We’re interviewing makers from all 50 states. Today we’re featuring Nadia Dugger, a woodworker and small business owner from Oklahoma.
How did you get started woodworking? Who were your mentors?
A little background about me: I grew up in Kharkiv, Ukraine. At 10 (in 1999) my parents moved our family to Vancouver Canada, and in 2006 we made the journey to Oklahoma to follow my father’s University educator career. That’s where I went to college and received my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Environmental Science.
I grew up a tomboy and really connected with my Dad by working on projects together. At 12, we built a simple bench seat for my Dad to sit on while tying his shoes. In high school the woodshop rotation taught me the function and safety aspects of heavy woodworking tools and machinery – I felt right at home with hand-on learning. Ten years later my husband and I decided to build an arbor and an a-frame dessert stand for our wedding.