Meet Craig Kassan of Kassan’s Creations
For 36 years Craig Kassan of Kassan’s Creations has developed his woodworking skills to become a master woodturner. Turning woodworking from a hobby into a profession back then, Craig worked for different furniture and cabinet companies. Eventually, he started his own woodworking business, buying his first lathe in 1993, starting his path to becoming a master woodturner. With the wall sculptures Craig creates, the wood he uses for them are prepped with machines he used for cabinetwork and then turned on the lathe.
In 2005, when Craig attended the AAW Symposium, his goal was to purchase a lathe. Knowing Laguna’s reputation for bandsaws, he was excited to see a Laguna Pinnacle lathe. By the end of the symposium, Craig ordered the lathe to begin his new woodturner career.
Building a business
After purchasing a lathe, Craig decided to also purchase a SuperMax 25 x 2 Double Drum Sander. The quality and capability of the Double Drum Sander convinced him to add it to his machine collection. With these machines, Craig became laser-focused on wall sculptures. They are arranged as polyptychs and turned on the lathe, usually with multiple centers. They are then mounted on an applied metal background.
To accommodate his large sculptures, Craig had to come up with a large faceplate for the lathe. After 5 years of theorizing the best solution, he decided to modify his Pinnacle with an 84″ faceplate. This has given him the freedom of movement needed to create his large-scale sculptures. With his expert woodturner skills, his large wall sculptures have caught the attention of many corporate decorators over the years.
Advice for new woodturners and woodworkers
Craig says, “Don’t rush when buying tools/machines. Do your research and wait if necessary so you can buy the best you can. Quality is so important when it comes to your tools.
When buying equipment, you need to know that the company will stand behind their machines, and Laguna does.”