Matt Monaco operates a full-time woodturning studio in the Ozark region of MO, making dedicated collections, signature series vessels, lidded containers, and spindle-turned items for industries of craft, interior design, and the high-end furniture trade. Matt is a Fine Woodworking contributor and is supportive of U.S. craft organizations & environments that carry desire to further integrate woodturning into wider demographics and wish to see the craft thrive into the future.

As a full-time professional turner with 20 years’ experience, one of Matt’s missions is to make the highest quality products, that reflect both the mastery of the tools, and the functionality and timeless beauty of wooden decor in others’ lives. Matt is one of very few modern traditional woodturners having apprenticed and trained as a trade professional and worked closely within a high-end furniture production landscape — Shackleton Thomas Furniture and Pottery.

At the center of Matt’s work is his understanding and mastery of tool control as an expression of traditionally crafted design as fine art — in producing forms & items that are as tactile as they are sublime and made with intent and purpose.