In 2013, Mark Dickerson had a 54 -inch (DBH) maple tree in his yard. During a windstorm, a limb broke away and hit the front corner of the neighbor’s house. Two years earlier, Mark had a limb of a cottonwood tree at his home take out the back half of the same home. Mark decided to have the maple cut up into 1 inch and 2-inch planks which he “stickered and stacked” in his outbuilding.
Two years later, he was finishing a successful 24-year career in real estate and decided to retire and spend his time learning the art of woodworking. He would go to local woodworkers, and ask many questions, then listen intently to their answers. He would then try to create what he read in woodworking magazines, and learn from his many mistakes.
As he progressed, Mark would find his niche creating tables, arts and crafts items, and many other items from the maple wood and other wood that he was able to collect or purchase. He was featured in a local paper when he built 18 Wood Duck nesting boxes for Teller Wildlife Refuge. That article was read by many people and through word of mouth, he began to expand his woodworking talents and began to be called upon for antique furniture restoration.
In 2017, Mark began to show his creations at arts and crafts shows across Montana.