Hank Schneider • Woodcraft & Photography
It’s one of the premier New York fantasies . . . to leave Manhattan for a simple life close to nature – to be free to create what you want in an environment that gently nurtures the artistic muse each and every day.
Hank Schneider is living the fantasy. An internationally known commercial photographer, he is a native New Yorker who finally left the concrete canyons of Manhattan for the incomparable beauty of the upper Delaware River valley in Narrowsburg, New York.
In recent years, Schneider has turned his creative interests in a new direction –- woodcraft. Most of the wood he uses is collected in the fall when he cuts his wood pile for the winter. Here he discovers patterns, grains and textures only Mother Nature could create.
Working with the grains and textures of dead or fallen trees, he creates common items in an uncommon way, items such as waterproof wooden vases, hickory benches and tables, cherry and maple chess tables, and ash and oak cheese and bread boards. His work has been shown at The River Gallery in Narrowsburg; the former Niccolina's Country Store in Narrowsburg and her New York City gallery; Woodloch Pines Christmas Craft Shows in Hawley, Pennsylvania; Wayne County Historical Society in Pennsylvania; and a juried show at the Northeast Regional Artists' Exhibit (his work was exhibited at Marywood University and AFA Gallery in Scranton, PA).
Hank delights in finding beauty in nature and turning this beauty into works of art. He continues to imagine new ways to share his vision with others.
He continues to do photography, including nine books for Boyds Mills Press.