Andrei Marek is a self-employed woodcarver in High Point, NC with more than four decades of professional experience. He formally trained in carving and fine woodworking at the CPL Arad trade school in his native Romania, from which he graduated in 1973. For the next 18 years, Andrei worked in Romania as a production and restoration carver and designer. Projects included the historic Romanian Royal Palace, Cotroceni, in Bucharest; Peles Castle in Sinaia; and the Palace of the Parliament, in Bucharest. In 1991, Andrei emigrated to the U.S., where he worked as a master carver at Baker Furniture for twelve years before setting up an independent workshop. While at Baker, Andrei designed and carved the wood valance in the Portico Room in the White House, which won an award from the American Society of Interior Designers.