Johan Schmidt, who was born in Rhede, West Germany, comes from three generations of woodworkers. His grandfather owned a small furniture factory in East Germany on the Baltic Sea. His father, Johannes A. Schmidt, was formally trained in a German guild and later owned his own home building company after the family moved to the United States.
Schmidt grew up working on building projects with his father. At age 20 he began his own business building homes and specializing in millwork and staircase installations. His background and expertise fit perfectly in his latest venture, Windsor chair making and custom furniture designs. Johan studied chair making with Mike Dunbar at The Windsor Institute in Hampton, New Hampshire, and with Troy Beall of the Annapolis School of Woodwork.
John Schmidt has been selected for the following Directories:
Biography updated July 8, 2017 Photograph updated October 3, 2016Contact information updated April 9, 2015
Or call 800-446-1696 to subscribe or buy back issues.
2018 Directory Applications
The application period for the 2018 Directory of Traditional American Crafts is now over. Entries will be sorted by our staff and sent to our jurors for evaluation. Entrants will be notified whether they have been selected when the August 2018 issue is published.
We've mailed the
February 2018 issue of Early American Life to all of our current subscribers. The postal service advises you should allow up to three weeks for delivery,
so subscribers should have their copies of our new February issue by the third week of January.
All new web subscriptions will start with the April 2018 issue. Call us at 800-446-1696 if you have other subscription requirements.
Early American Homes
For Sale in Virginia
Historic Home circa 1765 on 2.75 lush acres with orchard. Maintains its historic integrity and is referred to as the “Old Tavern.” Ten rooms, 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, 10 fireplaces and English basement. Updated eat-in kitchen with fireplace. Original heart pine floors. Great family home or Bed & Breakfast. . $200,000.