Solid Work

Local woodworker featured in CDPL gallery

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The Mary Bishop Memorial Gallery at the Crawfordsville District Public Library would like to invite the public to view the work of local woodworker, Dennis Furr.

This exhibit is currently open and will be on display through June 9.  The public is welcome to visit the gallery during CDPL’s regular hours of operation and we encourage you to view these beautifully crafted functional artworks. During this exhibit, a limited amount of work will be available for sale through the Circulation department.

Furr is a longtime county resident and has been a member of the Montgomery County Woodworkers for more than a decade. He recently retired from Subaru of Indiana Automotive in Lafayette where he spent many years as a maintenance electrician.

“I now have the opportunity to expand my thoughts on my creativity as a craftsman and as a woodworker,” Furr said.

Furr has been making wooden objects since he was 15 years old when he learned about woodworking in an industrial arts course at North Montgomery High School. These days, creating tables has become the passionate focus of his body of work. He believes there is value in understanding the processes and encourages young people to explore woodworking.

In this exhibit, he has included pattern forms that he created to help beginners visualize his method of ensuring consistency in shape and size. His grandchildren frequently work in the shop with him on their own projects and he hopes that one day they will pass these learned skills on to the next generation of his family.

You may have seen his work in unexpected places and you will know it is his because of his unique style of constructing table legs. He has become a master at building beautiful variations of the floating tabletop. He creates elegant, high-end works as well as small affordable, and practical objects, such as vases, cutting boards, rolling pins, bowls, and other eye-catching pieces from wood scraps.

If you are interested in Furr’s work, contact him at or by phone at 765-376-7997. If you would like to know more about the Montgomery County Woodworkers meetings or if you are interested in becoming a member, contact Jack Stumph by email at 

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If you are an artist or a member of an artists’ group and are interested in displaying your work at the Mary Bishop Memorial Gallery in 2024, contact Toni Ridgway-Woodall, gallery coordinator at 765-362-2242, or email her at for more information.