Generations of woodworkers in Mike Edeen’s family preceded his own interest in carpentry and cabinetry. He grew up learning about tools and techniques from his father in his garage shop. His interest in architecture developed in tandem and in time he had the opportunity to explore both sides of the built environment. After years of working with other craftsmen, honing his skill, he began his own business, Artisan Woodworks. Mike explains that he had the “good fortune to work on many historic buildings as well as work with many other talented people with a passion for saving our material history for future generations to enjoy.”
Historic restorationist and a client of Mike’s, Karla Pearlstein says the following about his impeccable work ethic and exceptional talent and skill:
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“I have known Mike for over a decade, and he has worked on my own personal projects and those of my friends and clients. Mike has a thorough understanding of historic period design and building techniques, and is a exemplar craftsman. He does it right, and he does it right the first time. Mike is also very good at creative problem solving, so he is not flummoxed by challenging situations. He always seems to be able to find a winning solution that works for all concerned. I have told Mike that he can never move, retire, or die. It is just too difficult to find craftsmen of his caliber.”
— Karla Pearlstein, Restoring History LLC
Mike Edeen was an esteemed member of Preservation Artisans Guild and a respected member of the PAG Board until he stepped down after many years of service in 2018. The Preservation Artisans Guild honors past members who have retired from their craft or moved on from membership. We are grateful for the contribution these members have made in the fields of traditional building crafts, interior design, architectural design, and the decorative and fine arts.