Rob Hetler first trained as a potter/sculptor at SUNY Brockport, and later, at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He immigrated to Israel in 1982 with his wife, Cynthia, where he worked as a carpenter and contractor. His two children were born there. While living in Jerusalem, Rob began his journey into woodworking that continues to this day.
Rob has been building casework and furniture on Whidbey Island since 1987. He moved to his current shop in Greenbank, in 1998. As an artist/craftsman, he uses the finest domestic materials and traditional craftsmanship to build his cabinetry and furniture. He brings his artists’ eye to every piece and places great importance on the aesthetic value of his work. Rob has been influenced by a number of artists, including James Krenov, Wendall Castle, Bernard Leach and Michael Cardew.
Rob’s other interests include volunteering in the community and sharing knowledge with other woodworkers.