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Chase Ankeny

Chase Ankeny

I remember as a child playing in the sawdust underneath my Grandpa‚Äôs table saw and still some times I get a whiff of something that brings me back to that place with its strange smells and strange tools scattered about. By the time I went to undergrad, ten years in the past now, that world of working with the body and material was far away and I studied history and philosophy, intellectual, abstract things. I was missing something, though.  I spent the next four years wondering; I walked from Mexico to Canada twice, traveled around the bush in Zimbabwe, hitchhiked across the outback in Australia, and when I settled down I remembered that table saw and wanted to create with material and my body. I studied fine woodworking for nine months at the Krenov School and then took that same table saw and many of my Grandfather's old tools to set up my own shop. Again, though, I was missing something. I knew how to make things, but I could not quite grasp the philosophical, abstract side of why or what makes an object culturally interesting, so I went back to school to try to understand how to tie these two sides of myself together. Now I'm starting my second year of grad school studying 3D design at Cranbrook Academy of Art, a place where the physical and the intellectual are constantly entangled

Table Saw