About Opa

'Opa' is the Dutch (or German) word for 'Grandpa.'  I'm a descendant of a farmer from the Netherlands who came to the USA in 1888. When our oldest daughter's little ones came along, she decreed me Opa (and my wife Oma) to keep us apart from the other grandparents.

I live on a hobby farm in southeastern Wisconsin, and have retired after over 40 years with a manufacturer of farm equipment.  I enjoy making things, and several years ago began to turn wood.  Soon, I found I was making pens and have developed a small following of my wares.

In the last few years, I have switched the focus of my turning and have begun to turn more bowls and other face plate turnings.

This website allows me to communicate with my customers and to show family and friends my latest products. Unfortunately I have had to remove the contact forms from this website because of all the spam they generate. If you really want to contact me about a woodturning, you can contact me through my Etsy shop.

Thank you for looking!

I have some blog pages here.

My daughter (mentioned above) blogs:

blueberry button