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Meet Scott Huebner of Alpenglow Wood Works in Colorado Springs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Scott Huebner.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Scott. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started out using woodturning as a form of physical therapy for retaining muscle memory. It turned out to be a creative outlet that people desired to own. I started out making hollow form vessels. Then, about 2.5 years ago, I saw an example of a resin and burl sphere and wanted to try it out. So at that point, I started working with resin and epoxy to create hybrid burl artwork. This continues to evolve constantly. Each piece is designed to resemble a mountain range. Mountain peaks with snowfields and glaciers. Placing a piece of the mountains in the palm of your hand or home.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The first year was the hardest. It was a frustrating and expensive experimentation process to get the process figured out. There are a lot of things that can go wrong throughout the creation phase. Everything from dust particles to bubbles can affect the casting process. Then when it goes on the wood lathe, turning resin is much different from turning wood. So when a piece fails, it is extremely frustrating as there are a lot of materials cost in each piece. So when one fails, it is also expensive. But when a piece is finished, there is a lot of satisfaction.

Please tell us about Alpenglow Wood Works.
My woodworking is actually my second job. During the week, I work as a property manager. So the woodworking takes place in the evenings and weekends. Nowadays, I only focus on the hybrid burl artwork. I’m extremely thankful that what started out as a hobby, has grown into a business that I truly enjoy doing, and it continues to grow. I am lucky enough to be represented by the Hunter Wolff Gallery, in Colorado Springs. Now I have pieces that go to a good portion of Europe, Japan, and throughout the United States. I’ve been extremely blessed.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
The people that I would give credit to for support throughout would be my wife, Trish. She has been my constant cheerleader and supporter. Then Sharon, from the Hunter Wolff Gallery, who took a chance on me and a new type of artwork. I would not be at this point without either one of these fine ladies.

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