Updated: Jun 30, 2021
Learn and Build | Frank Choate Woodworking
Written by Sheldon Hubbard
St. Francis of Assisi is quoted as having said, “He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” Though we cannot prove that St. Francis was indeed talking about Frank Choate, we can certainly apply the meaning behind it to one of Fulton County’s finest woodworkers.
Though his eye for design began to flourish in his youth, Frank started pursuing woodworking heavier in 1998. Building to today, he has come to secure many repeat customers for several pieces. “I still make a lot of cutting boards, end tables, coffee tables, and bookshelves,” Frank says.
Currently located just North of Rochester on Old US 31, Frank’s shop is active. Passing by on any given day, you may see him out in his shop working on any number of projects. Wood makes for a wonderful canvas. Getting to shape, groove, and assemble a creation is verily in the same vein of satisfaction that brushing, scribbling, and sculpting is.
“My works have become increasingly complex and more detailed as I have grown and learned new techniques. There is always more to learn and build.”
All of the best artists will not only discover any inconsistencies within their skills toward their craft but do right by acknowledging them beyond being that, seeing them as opportunities to improve. When artists immerse themselves further into their artscape, as well as their contemporaries’, growth will not only become natural, it will become noticeable.
As far as Frank’s near future, he looks forward to continuing to design and create furniture that is not only functional but also beautiful.
“My motto is ‘I can make almost anything.’ That really sums it up for me.”
After seeing his work and sharing the bubble of joy and excitement that certainly blooms in his chest after finishing a new piece, one will know just how far Frank’s work goes. No matter how it is spun, woven, or constructed, your next woodcraft or home furniture statement piece is in careful, trusted hands at Frank Choate Woodworking.
For project inquiries, you can reach Frank Choate Woodworking by phone (574) 527-2321 or via his business’ Facebook page.