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SteelWood Arts fosters love of nature

By on November 29, 2017 at 1:54 pm

Emily Bade and Robert Asselmeier run SteelWood Arts out of their garage in Valmeyer. (Sean McGowan photo)

A new woodworking business run out of a home in Valmeyer touts much more than solid craftsmanship and a variety of products.

Emily Bade and Robert Asselmeier also believe in environmental stewardship, including that they only use wood from fallen trees. Bade added that they choose trees that are not part of an animal’s habitat.

“SteelWood Arts seeks to foster an appreciation of nature through art,” the company’s website states. “We seek to reveal a tree’s story by liberating the spirit of the wood grain through an original design by (Asselmeier). Since every tree is unique, each piece is original artwork and will never be reproduced.”

Asselmeier’s works include bowls, shelves, tables, plates, benches and more using mostly wood but some metal. Bade uses her degree in biology to search for the right kind of wood. Additionally, Bade grew up hiking through the bluffs.

“When we started out we had an exotic collection from his dad,” she said. “And then once that ran out, we started getting a lot more local wood and that’s the direction we’ve gone. 

“It’s just part of the fun. You never know what you’re going to get or what it will look like.”

Asselmeier grew up restoring furniture and went to the Art Institute of Chicago to study Art and Technology…>>>

Read the rest of the story in the November 29  issue of the Republic-Times.

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Sean McGowan

Sean is a die-hard Cubs fan, despite the relentless peer pressure coming from the rest of the Republic-Times staff. He and his wife, Jacqui, have been married for two years. Originally from the west suburbs of Chicago, Sean and his wife moved down to Normal to attend Illinois State University and stayed central Illinois residents for the past four years.