Elisha- Full Interview

Meet Elisha

Also known as Queen of the Finish Room. She’s been with us for a year now and is almost always the one putting the final touches on your table, door, etc. “It’s a breath of fresh, kinda smelly air,” she says of being in the shop with a bunch of dudes. “I love it. It’s like having a bunch of older brothers.” Here’s a little more about her.

Q: How did you learn carpentry?

My dad has always been into woodworking, and I helped him out in the garage a lot when I was younger, so I knew how to drill and hammer. I knew how to use some of the saws in his garage, which were a lot smaller than the ones here. But I could barely read a tape measure when I came here. Now I know how to use the table saw, the jointer, the planer, nail guns—all the good stuff.

Q: What drew you to this type of work?

I’ve always been very hands on. I like to make things. When I was little, I found it fun to chop wood in the back yard. That’s not usually something a 10-year-old finds fun. I was an art student at Otterbein, and I realized I liked the 2D stuff more than the computer or drawing.

Q: What do you love most about what you do?

I like seeing the finished products, especially when I’m in the finish room. I like watching everybody creating these things. They start out as rough boards or planks, and you don’t know what it’s going to be. If I’m making something, it’s always interesting because they look just like a slab of tree and then there’s this transformation. It goes from one thing to a completely different thing.

Q: Go-to power tool?

I like Festool. I like the track saw. I like that it’s easy to set up and use, and it always gives you a nice clean cut. I feel confident when I’m using it.

Q: What’s been your favorite project since starting?

My first custom project. It was a small vanity. I was so excited to get a custom project because for a while when I was new, I was working on frames and coasters and cutting boards and stuff. When I got this vanity, I was like, “Wow, this is a real piece of furniture.” It was fun to see how it all came together. Also, I loved one of the live edge tables I made a month ago. I didn’t have a lot of help on it. I usually do have help gluing it up, but everyone was out on installs that day. It turned out really nice. The middle joint was super clean. It was two walnut slabs that had the sides cut off. It was seven feet long.

Q: What are you the Re:work expert on?

Finishing. If anything needs stained, finished or sprayed, I’m the one to do it. If it needs resin poured in it, I’m the one to do that. If there’s a week where I’m not in the finish room, I feel off. I feel like I haven’t been home in a week.

Q: Hobbies?

I like knitting. Camping, swimming—any time I can be in or near water is great. Hiking when I get the chance. When I have free time, I do these drawings—it’s kind of like a stippling effect. I use micron pens. I sold my first art piece last year. I like being able to turn my mind off and focus on that. It’s therapeutic.

Q: Go-to Columbus restaurant?

I like Arch City. I love their Moscow mules. I love Aab. I could always do Aab.

Q: Favorite read?

My favorite author is Mary Higgins Clark. I started reading her books in sixth grade and am still making my way through them because she’s written so many.

Q: Skill you’d like to learn?

I’d love if we could get a lathe. Or wood burning—I’ve always thought that was really cool.