Curtis Fest Artisan Spotlight: The Zen Ogre

“The Woodworking Bug Done Bit Me”


“By day I perform tasks of which Hercules himself would be envious: you guessed it, a mundane office job. When the whistle blows, however, I magically transform into…Dad. Cooking, dishes, bedtime stories, watching my hair gray with one toddler mishap after another. Woodworking is something that kind of happened as a byproduct of demolishing an ugly old tool shed behind our house and finding the joy in power tools.

After making a kids’ shoe rack with only a drill and reciprocating saw (seriously), the bug done bit me. After making some meditation benches for some friends and family, I decided to make them to sell on Etsy and soon after, started crafting cutting boards and clocks. Pretty much any free time I have in the afternoon and weekends is spent out in the garage getting sawdust all over and then hurriedly cleaning it up. It’s times involving the cursing of foul-ups that I wish my uncle, a career woodshop teacher, lived a bit closer growing up.”

Michael Sheldon, The Zen Ogre

About Curtis Fest

Curtis Fest returns to William Curtis Park on Sunday, Aug. 27. More than 60 artisans are expected to show their work at the 11th annual event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the north end of the park under the beautiful tree canopy. Curtis Fest has become a Sacramento favorite, and many premier artists have joined the lineup this year.

This free, public event includes food from award winning chef Keith Breedlove of the Culinerdy Cruzer food truck along with delicious street tacos from the Turnt Up food truck. John Merriman, Dianna and the Cherry Kings and the Ranell Carpenter Band will perform.

An expanded petting zoo returns this year as well as the climbing station, and the children’s fairy. Curtis Fest will be followed by Music in the Park from 6-8 p.m.

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