Joseph Ransmeier Woodworking


Joe Rasmeier Woodworking

I have lived in Western North Carolina since 1963 and studied woodworking at Penland School of Crafts, Asheville­Buncombe Technical College, Arrowmont School of Crafts and the Appalachian Center for Crafts. I have a BA in Psychology and a BCA in Theater from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Having worked in my present studio in the River Arts District of Asheville, North Carolina since the fall of 1994, it is important for me to have a nurturing work environment where I can create with integrity from my heart. I do my best to maintain a sacred space in my workshop and seek to honor the beings who have given their lives to provide materials by creating useful and beautiful objects worthy of that gift. I enjoy the growing sense of community we have here in the River Arts District.

I have created a wide variety of custom wood products for individuals, residences, institutions and commercial applications as well as speculative furniture and furnishings. I enjoy collaboration with clients including architects, designers, other artists, and industrial customers. My work is particularly known for careful attention to details. Currently, I am focused on developing a line of smaller, more accessible products such as bowls, boxes and kitchen accessories.

Working primarily with Appalachian hardwoods, I prefer to let the natural beauty of the wood show with a clear oil or surface finish. Whenever possible I use water-borne finishes and seek to work in the least toxic, most environmentally conscious way available.

In addition, I have made drums and other ceremonial objects and have created shrines and boxes to contain or display sacred objects as well as urns to hold loved ones ashes.

My works can be viewed at Harrah’s Hotel in Cherokee, New Morning Gallery, Fine Arts Theater, Folk Arts Center, Samsel Architects, Presbyterian Home for Children, and Frugal Framer in the Asheville area. There are also many residents of Western North Carolina enjoying their vision and my craftsmanship in their homes.

I am a member, past vice president and current board member of the River Arts District Artists of Asheville,North Carolina, an active member of the River Arts District Business Association, a founding and current member of the American Association of Woodturners, belong to the Carolina Mountain Woodturners, and I serve on the board of directors of Riverlink, Inc. a nonprofit corporation committed to making the French Broad River Basin a better place to live, learn, work and play.

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140 Roberts Street, Suite E
Asheville, NC 28801-3161