Tanya Faberson

Kentucky Woodturner, Historic Archaeologist

I earned my Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Tennessee and am a historical archaeologist by trade. My work days are spent excavating sites, analyzing artifacts, and writing up the findings of those excavations.

I began working with wood after my father, who was a woodworker (as well as a cowboy and a world traveler with wild stories, but we’ll leave those for another time), died in 2016. Over the years I did some minor woodworking, but when my father passed away, I inherited his tools. One of the things I love about working with wood is that it allows me to maintain a connection to my dad, with whom I was very close.

I’d long been interested in woodturning. With the tools I inherited from my dad, I had everything I needed (bandsaw, drill press, etc)… except the lathe. Since my dad did not own a lathe, I asked for a small lathe as a Christmas gift. From there, I started teaching myself. Aside from reading books and researching some techniques on-line, I have had no formal instruction.

After learning woodturning through trial and error on my small, benchtop lathe over many months, I purchased a large lathe. This allowed me to broaden my work in terms of size and vessel type. I continue learning through doing. When I’m not at my regular job as an archaeologist, I spend most of my waking moments at the lathe.

I try to use mostly found and reclaimed wood and like to think that my love of nature is visible in my work as I seek to incorporate elements of the wood as I found it in each piece. The imperfect is perfect in my book, and I want those who view my work to be reminded that the object in their hands once was part of a beautiful, living tree.

Tanya Faberson, Kentucky woodturner, holding Elise, a hand turned wood bowl

Lori Faberson

Director of Operations

Lori manages all aspects of the shop outside of actually turning the wood, from photographing me in the shop and each piece I make, preparing and publishing social media posts, and designing this website to sewing gift bags for bottle stoppers and packaging orders. When she’s not keeping up with Creekview Woodshop, you may find her in her flower gardens or working on her latest modern quilt or embroidery project. She also manages the marketing and office of a local architecture firm and, until recently, owned a cat sitting service that she operated for 20 years!

Lori Faberson

The Crew

No introduction to the shop is complete without this furry trio of troublemakers!

General Sherman
General Sherman


The General fancies himself in charge of the shop, so he wouldn't be too thrilled with being called an Assistant. He spends most of his time napping on sawdust piles and making sure the shop remains a squirrel-free zone.



Loud noises scare Walter even when he's wearing his Thundershirt, so he guards the perimeter of the property from all would-be intruders, like squirrels, opossums, and the mail carrier.



While preferring to be on a lap, Eggnog sometimes visits the shop (usually looking for a treat). She also provides Walter back-up. Eggnog may weigh 5 pounds, but she's the most ferocious of the bunch. Just ask the neighbors!

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Creekview Woodshop donates a portion of every sale to Green Forests Work, a nonprofit dedicated to re-establishing healthy and productive forests on formerly mined lands in Appalachia.

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