Woodworking in America: Paola Jiménez

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We are interviewing producers from all 50 states. Today we introduce Paola Jiménez, Arkansas artist and furniture maker.

How did you start working with wood? Who were your mentors?
I have a friend who works with wood and I would look at how he made the kitchen cabinets. I wanted to make furniture on my own so from there I started getting acquainted with the types of wood and invested in various machinery. I later incorporated resin to create functional art and built my own small business!

What do you think is your best or favorite job? What kind of work do you do the most?
I really like making small pieces like charcuterie boards, serving trays and jewelry boxes. Now I’m trying to challenge myself by making bigger projects like coffee tables.

What advice would you give to those who want to start woodworking or take it up as a profession?
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and do it! Pick a simple project with minimal tools required and start building. There are many good books and YouTube channels out there where you can learn just about anything about woodworking.

Is there anyone you would like to shout out or advise us to follow? Who inspires you? (It doesn’t even have to be related to woodworking.)
I recommend @elenawilsonart. Does a fantastic job of creating resin art. His pieces are always so stunning.

See more of Paola’s works on her website or on Instagram @arttreasures_bypj

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