Our History

About ten years ago, I saw an episode of How it's Made that changed my life.  It was focused on hand-made wood pens.  About a week later, I was visiting a friend, when I noticed a catalog on his coffee table that was dedicated to pen making.  I borrowed a lathe, and that was the birth of Shawsheen Woodworks.

This is a passion for me, it is my "zen" time, a way for me to become at ease with the world.  I hope to produce pieces that continue to bring that sense of peace to those who live with them.

This is Ryan. He likes to build stuff.

While simultaneously working a full time job in software sales, being dad to a couple of rambunctious boys, and living life to the fullest, Ryan spends his spare time in his shop in Lawrence at Island Street Studios, and is a founding member and Chief Maker at The M.I.L.L. Maker Innovation Lab, Lawrence


“When I’m working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.”

--R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), inventor, architect and designer