Eagle River artist creates unique furniture pieces Submitted: 05/28/2015
EAGLE RIVER - The Northwoods can be a good place for an artist to settle and develop his or her craft.

A fourth-generation craftsman from Eagle River now creates beautiful pieces of furniture on land that his grandfather bought.

Carl Gromoll of Gromoll Woodworks planned to go into medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but the Vietnam War protests at UW changed his thinking.

"There were the rioters and there was the National Guard and me trying to get into the chemistry building," Gromoll said. "When I looked left down University Avenue to the humanities building... and as it turns out nobody was protesting the military-industrial art complex."

He gave up medicine and became an artist. Gromoll started designing furniture and sold his first chair at a craft fair in Illinois for $225.

"That little success is dangerous. I have been continuing on that same route ever since," he said.

Gromoll has traveled to numerous craft fairs across the country. His main venues include Miami, Denver, Ann Arbor and San Francisco. Today his furniture pieces, made from birch plywood and lumber, sell from $6,000 to more than $20,000.

"I think there's a certain simplicity to my idea of beauty, and so there are people in this world that respond to that," he said.

Gromoll says the final product is worth all the dust and noise in his workshop. 

"I get to make my dreams," he said. "I dream up something--sometimes, you know, with a partnership with my clients--and I get to see it done."

Now his pieces are in homes across the country.

You can get a look at Gromoll's work at the link below. You can call him at 715-479-6195 or send him an email at carlgromoll@gmail.com.

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