Dick Scheu learned the basics of woodworking and furniture making from his father who bought him a ShopSmith in 1953. Dick’s father helped him assemble the tool and carefully taught him how to use it. Dick has the very same ShopSmith today, and thinks of his father every time he uses it.
Dick Scheu’s handmade snowflake ornaments are just like real snowflakes – each one is different. Dick takes great care to orient the grain of the wood so it radiates from the center of each wooden snowflake like a jewel. The diamond shaped pieces of wood that form each snowflake, are first sculpted and then glued together to create the snowflake. A high degree of precision is required to make the diamond segments because any imperfection is magnified by six. Dick designs and creates a new snowflake each year.
Dick is a member of the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program and the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen. He is also a past vice-president of the KYANA Woodcrafters Club and currently edits its newsletter.
Dick’s work can be found at the Appalachian Fireside Gallery in Berea, KY; the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft in Louisville, KY; at the and at the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea, KY.