Michael Waddell

Woodworking

Michael Waddell moved to Massachusetts in 1990 after 13 years in New York City in product marketing. In 1993, he married and settled in Marshfield, MA and developed his professional career as an IT specialist and project manager until he retired in 2016. In retirement he rediscovered his childhood love of woodworking, which was rekindled by making toys for his grandchildren. His business name, "Fooby Wooby" came from a silly moment with his three year old grandchild. The first toy Michael made was a bathtub boat. He followed with bird houses and bird feeders, and began selling his work at the Marshfield Farmers Market and craft fairs. He applied for and joined Expressions Artisan Co-op in Scituate, MA in 2017. More recently Michael has focused his energy on woodturning, which he began in 2018. "It's a wonderful discipline for learning new skills, practicing patience, and enjoying fellowship as there are endless levels of physical and mental challenges as well as a supportive local community," Michael Said. His most successful turned product so far has been his "Nautical Humming Buoy Feeder" - a replica, painted lobster buoy hummingbird feeder which was inspired by a colleague at Expressions. He also turns bowls, platters, vases, and miniature Christmas trees. Michael feels it is deeply satisfying to shape rough wood into functional and beautiful forms and share it with the world.