Mark Gardner started working with wood as child, as woodworking was his father’s hobby and there were always scraps laying around for him play with. He started making furniture when he was sixteen. After seeing his father learn the art of wood turning, Mark became enamored with the process. Furniture making is a slow process, and the immediacy of turning was very attractive to him. After struggling on his own at the lathe for several years, he took a class with John Jordan at Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts. It was there that Mark gained a firm foundation of turning techniques. Mark's exploration in tools and materials changed over the years, and now, with the use of the chainsaw as Mark's primary tool, ideas develop even quicker than they do at the lathe.