I have a current science student who visited your workshop over Thanksgiving break. He thoroughly enjoyed his experience there. I have a long standing assignment called “edventures” that span a wide range of disciplines, with one of them being related to visiting a museum and writing about the experience. (My student) presented to me an excellent poster of his experience visiting the Academy Art Museum and your workshop. He was extremely excited and very intrigued with your art. He described some of your methods as they related to vacuum pressure and molecules. It seems you are doing an amazing job, not only perfecting your craft, but instilling in others a curiosity that extends beyond my classroom walls. I wanted to thank you for that and wish you all the best on your future projects.
Brian Sitz, Nationally Board Certified Science Educator
Glencoe Central School
620 Greenwood Avenue
Glencoe, IL 60022
I met Vicco von Voss and was immediately struck by the beauty of his work. My introduction began with a stand-up cherry desk and progressed to a large cedar/copper bird feeder, then a walnut wine rack, a walnut podium, a large cherry picture frame, curly cherry railings with brass spindles, a cherry height stool, and my favorite piece, the “Elli Easel,” which I use for presentations.
In 2011, Vicco offered me a unique experience to work with him in creating an 18′ cherry and ash ladder (designed after a ship’s ladder) that we would use as the entrance to an interior circular cupola walk around. We worked over five months to complete the ladder. Vicco also empowered me to complete what we call “The Locket,” an exquisite cherry board with a locked safety feature that can fit over rungs of the ladder to discourage my nine grandchildren from climbing the ladder while unatended.
Two decades later, Vicco is still creating beautiful unique wood art for me. I’ve moved to another home and am still enjoying more of Vicco’s art work. He has created cherry railings whicht grace the entrance of our house. It is home wherever Vicco’s heartfelt art appears and I am grateful for his creativity and friendship.
I first met Vicco a few years ago when I needed someone to saw an odd piece of crab apple stump that had some interesting patterns. He mentioned that he was soon to be offering a class in woodworking with hand tools and he still had a few openings. Richard Kalter, who had introduced me to Vicco, and I both signed up.
As we introduced ourselves to our classmates, it was clear that a wide range of experience was present, and Richard and I were at the bottom. It didn’t matter. Each class began with a lecture and discussion followed by a demonstration, and then we were turned loose to practice. Vicco and his able assistant were always there to help.
It must have been painful for Vicco to watch some of us struggle with the most basic exercises, but he seemed to relish the challenge. With patience and good humor he continued to encourage us. He was ready and waiting for us at class time and stayed until the last of us straggled out.
The final project, a jewelry box, called for all of the skills we had been taught. For those of us laggards who hadn’t finished on time, he was still happy to provide encouragement and advice. Like many activities that are outside our comfort zones, and undertaken with trepidation, this class was a great blessing. I have spent many happy hours since then at my little bench, and my family’s needs for small boxes are gradually being met.
I found Vicco’s love and respect for wood to be highly contagious. His consummate skill, his infinite patience, and his endless good humor made his class the most enjoyable learning experience I’ve ever had. I’d do it again in a heartbeat if I hadn’t moved to Seattle.