Wind Ridge Wood Crafts is run by Mike Schienle (Shen-lee) with loving inspiration from my wife, Reverend Rhonda. I have had an interest in woodworking for as long as I can remember. Some of this goes back to watching my grandfather, who was a retired owner of an auto mechanic business by the time I arrived on the scene.
Grandpa Schienle had a little shed in the back yard where he created everything from whimsical wood and beer can whirlygigs that turned and bobbed in the wind to miniature 4 cylinder engines that he hand-assembled. I was fascinated by it all and always asked to see what he was up to and how it was done whenever we visited.
My dad was a systems engineer in the aerospace and defense industry, but also very good at home DIY projects. He built or remodeled bathrooms and bedrooms in our homes, barns for our sheep, goats and chickens, lofts in the garage and decks and pergolas in the back yard. I was always there to help out and loved learning and using all the tools to put things together.
After 30+ years as a software engineer with the occasional foray into woodworking as a hobby, I slowly invested more and more time, tools, techniques and knowledge into woodworking. I now focus on craft work, such as signs, boxes and pens, and have a renewed passion for the experiences that brought me so much joy in my younger days.
Mike and Rhonda Schienle