Handcrafted with heart

John Harden Design

My sincere thanks for stopping by to browse my unique, one of a kind designs. Please contact me if you would like to purchase an item or if you have any questions.

~ John Harden

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Osage Orange platter (19"W x 13"W x 3"H)
Lidded Box - Walnut & Maple Burl w/Turquoise
Lidded Box Madrone Burl w/Turquoise
Bloodwood, Yellow Heart, Wenge
Spirograph bowl
Figured Silver Maple, Black Walnut
Spalted Maple & Honduras Mahogany 13"W x 3"H (w/Stand 7"H)
Black Walnut & English Walnut Pedestal 13 1/4"W x 6 1/2"H
Mosiac Tray
Spalted Flowering Plum Winged Goblet 6 3/4"W x 7 1/4"H
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Funeral Urns
About Me
John Harden Design

A Woodworking Career Spanning Over 30 Years

As a child, my first memory of woodworking was fabricating crude boats to play with in the puddles and ditches of my neighborhood where I grew up in the Pacific Northwest.

In 7th grade, my boat building days were over, and I moved on to cutting boards and coat racks. I never looked at wood the same again. With an excellent high school vocational program, I learned the basic, fundamental aspects of fine woodworking that I still practice today.

After graduating high school, I began a career in residential construction (my previous experience did not apply).  A few years of digging ditches, packing lumber, and framing walls finally lead to interior trim carpentry.  For almost 20 years, I worked mainly on custom homes, building window treatments, walk-in closets, custom mantles, bookcases, and an occasional staircase. With the downturn in the economy in 2008, I had the opportunity to spend more time in my home shop (I got laid off).  

While my career in construction was going strong, I kept my woodworking a hobby, collecting and milling local hardwoods for my own personal use. A lot of it was firewood, but you never knew what it may become.  For a short time, I literally cut firewood and did small furniture projects.  As the economy picked up, so did the jobs.  Before I knew it, I was self-employed remodeling kitchens, bathrooms, decks, and custom pieces.

In the fall of 2015, everything came to a screeching halt (a table saw accident).  In the time spent healing with the loss of one finger and diminished use of several others, I had a lot of time to stare at my woodpile.  What do I do with this wood that is too small for furniture, but too pretty to throw away?   Before I knew it, I had knocked the dust off my grandfather’s 9-inch benchtop wood lathe, built in 1942.  It vibrated, rattled, and made a few noises I can’t describe--but it worked, for a little while.

The perks of joining the Siskiyou Woodworkers Guild enabled me to find a much-needed upgrade to my wood lathe.  With all that, this is the beginning of John Harden Design.  Please allow me to share with you the love of fine woodworking with my display of one-of-a-kind, hand crafted furniture and wood turning.

Behind The Scenes
2020 Show Schedule
Please check back as new shows will be added throughout the 2020 season - Thanks!

Art Presence Gallery (ongoing display)

206 E. 5th Street

Jacksonville, Oregon

Month of March, 2020

Open Friday thru Sunday 11 AM - 5 PM


Crow's Foot Gallery (ongoing display)

243 3rd Avenue SE

Albany, Oregon



Bradley Putter Co.  (ongoing display)

310 SW 6th St
Grants Pass, Oregon



Edmonds Arts Festival 2020

Frances Anderson Center

Edmonds, Washington (West)

Event Dates: June 19 – 21, 2020




Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair 2020

Bellevue Collection & Bellevue Arts Museum

Bellevue, Washington

Event Dates: July 24 – 26, 2020




Sacramento Arts Festival 2020 - 23rd Annual

Cal Expo--Building A-B

Sacramento, California

Event Dates: October 23 – 25, 2020

Contact Me


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Grants Pass, Oregon

(541) 659-9854

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Lidded Box Madrone Burl w/Turquoise