Kentucky Tourism

Marks, Byron & John — Fine Crafts of Kentucky

Walton, KY


furniture, accessories

A native of Western Kentucky, Byron Marks is a self taught woodworker who learned to create things he could not buy. Over the years he has built his skills. He hand carved fishing lures and shelves for his Dad’s shop, then baskets and boxes, small stools, canes, and eventually furniture. He says that functionality is the thread that runs through his work.


Byron’s son John was born in Ann Arbor, MI, but has lived in Kentucky since he was a young child. He is learning the craft of woodworking from his father through an apprenticeship relationship. As he works with Byron he is building his set of skills.


Byron’s strength is joinery. John at present focuses on cutting boards and knife blocks and is just beginning to make furniture. Byron adds that John shows a great eye for color, style and composition.


Byron and John’s work can be found at the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville, KY; Kentucky Proud, Lexington, KY; Completely Kentucky, Frankfort, KY, Baker’s Rack, Owensboro, KY;  Harrodsburg, KY;  and the  Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.