This website is dedicated to promoting woodworking, crafts, and artwork created by Jeff Swim and Betsy van Die.
Jeff has spent the last few decades as a computer engineer and programmer, however, he began his career in the graphic arts sector. He started out with a printing company doing keyline/pasteup (Google it), which led to the then burgeoning field of computer typesetting in the early 1980s. Somehow, that led to a career in database programming and Internet web design. In addition to his professional career path, Jeff has maintained a love and passion for fine woodworking. After many years of self training and preparation, he is pursuing woodworking as an art and craft. His lifelong love for the game of cribbage is front and center in creating truly unique boards and occasional boxes for Betsy’s shadowbox collages.
Betsy knew she wanted to be an artist from the age of 4 and fulfilled her dream of going to the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture. After living in the Netherlands for several years, she worked in the jewelry business in the Historic Maller’s Building in Chicago. It wasn’t until the early 1990s that she found her professional path in communications and writing in the nonprofit sector, working her way up from a communications assistant at AARP to director of communications at a prestigious national medical association. While her pursuit of art has always been front and center, she is currently a freelance writer, leaving more time for her blog and art. Betsy has exhibited her art extensively, with work in public and private collections throughout the U.S. and abroad. Most of the work available here utilizes paper ephemera and antiques she has collected for decades, as well as found objects from the streets of NYC and Chicago.