Johan Schmidt, who was born in Rhede, West Germany, comes from three generations of woodworkers. His grandfather owned a small furniture factory in East Germany on the Baltic Sea. His father, Johannes A. Schmidt, was formally trained in a German guild and later owned his own home building company after the family moved to the United States.
Schmidt grew up working on building projects with his father. At age 20 he began his own business building homes and specializing in millwork and staircase installations. His background and expertise fit perfectly in his latest venture, Windsor chair making and custom furniture designs. Johan studied chair making with Mike Dunbar at The Windsor Institute in Hampton, New Hampshire, and with Troy Beall of the Annapolis School of Woodwork.
The deadline for submitting entries for the 2021 Directory of Traditional American Crafts has past. All entries we have recevied are being processed and will be submitted to the jurors for anonymous judging. The 2021 Directory will appear in the August 2021 edition of Early American Life. Please do not call us. We cannot report on the status of any particular entry until the Directory is published..
1,943 days until America's Sestercentennial
Coming Up This Weekend
Many events listed on our calendar have been postponed or cancelled as a precaution to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, now a pandemic. If you must (or choose) to attend an event, we suggest you call and verify that it will be taking place as planned.
Our April 2021 edition has been printed on schedule and is on its way to all of our subscribers. Because of the Covid-19 situation, postal delivery has been spotty. Some subscribers who have renewed may find renewal notices attached to their issues even if they have recently renews. Please excuse this error. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you suspect you have had a delivery problem—because our offices remained closed for the protection of our staff, we cannot answer telephone queries at this time.
All new web subscriptions will start with the June 2021 issue. Please email us at email@example.com if you have other subscription requirements.