Hart Woodcrafts is a small operation based in Ledyard, CT.
My name is Don Hart and I am the one who makes all of the items you see here on
the site. I have been woodworker for many years and a woodturner for almost as long.
First an foremost I must say this is not my job. I am gainfully employed as a Network
Operations Director for a medium sized company here in Connecticut. This is my hobby
- what I do for fun and to relax. I tell people all the time "If this ever
becomes work I'm gonna quit".
I sell the pens I make for a few reasons. It lets me pay for my hobby and allows
me to keep doing what I'm doing without too much financial impact. I like being
able to provide a beautiful Handcrafted item to someone who will treasure it. And
if I didn't sell them I would run out of room in the house
Supporting me in all this is my wonderful wife Patti. I think she supports me in
this half because she loves me and half because It keeps me out of her hair
. She is a big part
of what makes this all move along. You can find her helping at all of the craft
fairs. She provides input and ideas on my designs (not that I always listen
) and she proofreads
(when I am willing to wait) all the information I put on the site and email to our
I do most of my work out of my shop located in my garage. I turn on the Jet 16 x
42" variable speed lathe shown below.
If you are interested in the design of the cabinet and tool rack I built into the
stand you can find more information
on my other site planethart.com
Here is a picture of me at work turning a pen from acrylic.
This is the pen I was turning
This is a close up showing the turning of a kaleidoscope from acrylic.
We usually do one or two craft fairs a month from late spring through the end of
the year. You can find out where we will be by consulting our
If you are in Connecticut and you are organizing a craft fair please let us know.
If you stop by a craft fair we are participating in, this is what our booth usually
The big galoot in the Hawaiian shirt is me (Patti took the picture)