Patrick Soran

Patrick  Soran


When I first became interested in woodworking many years ago, I found that it was a form of therapy after a day of work in the scientific arena. I am a nuclear engineer by trade, and working in my shop at night offered a pleasant change of pace for me. Gradually, I accumulated a nice set of tools.  My first attempts were primarily furniture pieces for the house. For my daughter’s wedding present, I fashioned a bed for her and her new husband, which pleased both them and me. I followed this with a rocking cradle when they had their first child. Since then I have made several wooden objects for my children and grandchildren

and I discovered how enjoyable it was to share my woodworking results with others. 

Wood has always fascinated me. As some people crave textile sensations, seeing a fine piece of wood and imagining what it could become has the same effect on me. In 2007, I applied to and was accepted into the Northwestern Woodworking School, taught by Gary Rogowski, a regular contributor and editor of Fine Woodworking magazine. This two-year course, taught at the Northwest Woodworking Studio in Portland, Oregon, really opened my eyes to the artistic side of woodworking. We were encouraged to see beyond the lines and angles of the product and to stretch our imaginations to the beauty of the finished product. Every three months, we completed a new project, consisting of boxes, cabinets, tables, and chairs. At the completion of the course, I became an accredited Master Woodworker. Though I am an engineer at heart, I find that designing graceful, creative wooden objects has brought out a new side of me that I did not know existed. Matching the correct wood with a design or using an inlay to make a statement is an exciting part of the design process. My choice woods are cherry, birds-eye maple, and walnut. For some of my exotic vases and containers I use a variety of exotic woods from all over the world.

The last few years I have been working with my favorite woods to create various types of open and closed vessels, platters, urns, vases, and various boxes. These are regular boxes, sculptured boxes, boxes with flair, and some with an attitude. I hope you enjoy seeing my creations and the sensuous nature of the wood in their composition and makeup.