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Paul Pendola

Paul Pendola is a Galena, Illinois-based green woodworking artist specializing in hand-carved wooden spoons and other hand-crafted woodenware. Using only an axe, straight knife, hook knife, and all-natural food-safe oil and wax, Paul’s mission is to create simple, authentic, and beautiful functional art.

Paul’s work focuses on two main design themes including a professional series, created for culinary enthusiasts looking to equip their gourmet kitchens with a truly one-of-a-kind woodenware, and also a primitive series, influenced by old-world designs and applications.

As a member of the All River Road Talent Scenic Art Drive, you can visit Paul the first Saturday of every month for a carving demonstration at The Spoon Carver Cottage and soon at his artist studio and retail shop The 1850 Cottage. Paul also sells his work at seasonal markets, nationally recognized fairs including The Galena Country Fair, and The Waterford Fair in Virginia, and online. You can also find Paul’s work at several boutique retailers throughout the Driftless Area of northwest Illinois, and of course, Illinois’ Fox River Valley.

Paul is a Chicago native and holds a master’s degree from the Cornell University School of Business. When not carving, Paul works full time managing global accounts for a big data analytics company specializing in restaurant pricing.

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