Andy's Custom Craft

Custom Is My Middle Name


Andrew (Andy) Chen is from College Station, Texas.  He is a self-taught wood enthusiast and has been woodworking almost his entire adult life.  Early on he built furniture entirely with tight-fitting joinery (without nails and screws).  This provided him with the knowledge of cutting wood accurately that is the foundation for the segmented turning that he started in 1992. 


He is a well recognized turner and has demonstrated at numerous turning clubs and regional and national symposia and internationally.  His woodturnings are in many private collections.  His segmented work has been shown in galleries in Kerrville, TX (Kerr Arts and Cultural Center), Houston, TX (Houston Center for Contemporary Craft) and they were represented by Whistle Pik Galleries in Fredericksburg, TX.  He was invited to participate in a del Mano Gallery’s exhibition, Piece by Piece, in 2013.  His work has also been included in the photo gallery of Ron Hampton’s book: Segmented Turning: A Complete Guide.  


He is the founder and de facto president of the Brazos Valley Turners in the Bryan/College Station area of Texas since 1998.



Selected Teaching Experience/Demonstrations


Southwest Association of Turners Annual Symposia, numerous times


American Association of Woodturners Annual Symposia, 2009 (Albuquerque, NM), 2014 (Phoenix, AZ)


International Wood Culture Society’s 2nd World Wood Day Symposium, 2014, Xianyou, Fujian, China


Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 2014




Are You Wearing the Right Faceshield?  American Woodturner, vol 28 pp 14-15, April, 2013