Don't miss the story of Faith, Hope, Charity, and Prudence, the four cabinet makers, on the Shop History page
Twenty years ago my friend, Harry Van Ornum, and I started Four Sisters Woodworking in the building on N. Harrison Street. We gave up our lease after five years and built a new shop.
I recently had the opportunity to buy our old building and couldn't resist.
So here I am, making wonderful things where it all started so long ago. My bench is in exactly the same place, I am a short walk from home and two blocks to the coffee shop. What's not to like? --Les Cizek
Les studied Drama and Theatre Arts at Bard College for two years, spent a year at Colombia University with Carnahan in the Fine Art Program, then for several years taught cabinetmaking at Miami-Dade College and followed that with two years as a student at the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program. He returned to Miami and joined the South Florida Art Center on Miami Beach, creating custom furniture on commission.
Hurricane Andrew wrecked their home and his shop in Miami. Not entirely an ill wind, as it blew them back to the beautiful North Coast and their favorite town, Fort Bragg, where in 1994, Les co-founded Four Sisters Woodworking. Since then he's been happily building beautiful furniture described as cheerfully idiosyncratic.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat article, "Artistry in Wood"
Mendocino Beacon article, "Cizek Finds Joy in Creating the Unexpected"
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