Duane Taylor began a love for woodworking when he was a high school student in Michigan City, Indiana. He learned how to build boxes. He then spent the next 35 years or so building shelves and anything else that was square.
After a near death illness, Duane began to build toy trucks for kids for his community service club (Kiwanis). In 1996, he heard about Intarsia and began to build pieces of art from different colors and species of wood. Since then he has built over 800 different pieces ranging from birds to animals to flowers.
Today, Duane teaches the ancient art of Intarsia for various woodworking stores and also gives demonstrations for service clubs, woodworking shows and stores. He has been the featured Intarsia artist at the Oregon State Fair since 1999.
Duane lives and works in Aloha, Oregon with his wife Sharon. Duane has four children and six grandchildren. His studio is also located in Aloha.
The Guild of Oregon Woodworkers wrote an article about Duane. Click here to read what they had to say: Oregon Wood Works Article