Michael A. Angel was born in Pine Mountain, KY, but as a U.S. Treasury Agent (ATF) he lived all over the country. After retirement Angel returned to Kentucky and began building furniture patterned after the mountain-style chairs of his grandfather, “Poppy” Joe Hall.
Michael’s rockers, chairs, bar stools, and foot stools feature steam-bent hardwood frames and hickory bark seats. Vintage hand tools are used such as drawknives, spokeshaves, augers, hand drills and the shaving horse. Michael uses the traditional ‘greenwood’ techniques where kiln dried rungs are inserted into precise holes drilled in ‘green’ or undried wood to utilize the wood’s natural shrinking and swelling to insure each chair is a tight, well-fitted construction. The slat backs are fastened with wooden pegs and the chair bottoms are woven from the split inner bark of the hickory tree.
Michael is a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, KY Craft Marketing, Sheltowee Artisans, and the Southern Highland Craft Guild.
Michael’s work can also be found at Top Drawer Gallery, Berea; the Appalachian Artisan Center, Hindman, KY; Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville, KY; Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg, KY; Cumberland Crafts at Cumberland Gap Park, Middlesboro, KY; Completely Kentucky, Frankfort; Walnut Hills, Georgetown; True Kentucky, Glendale, KY; Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.