“Donum Dei—God’s Gift” kubbestol © 2010 Steve Speltz “Donum Dei—God’s Gift” kubbestol © 2010 Steve Speltz

Gold Medal In: Woodworking, 2010

  • Life Dates Born 1961, Rollingstone, Minnesota
  • Occupation Owner of Custom Hardware (custom cabinet maker company)
  • Residence at Time of Award Rollingstone, Minnesota


  • 2005 Red ribbon for a chalice trunk
  • 2007 Blue ribbon for “Sacred Heart” wall hanging with acanthus carving
  • 2009 White ribbon for a mirror frame with acanthus carving
  • 2010 Blue ribbon for “Donum Dei—God’s Gift” kubbestol

Artist Statement

I was born and raised in Rollingstone, Minn. I spent most of my childhood wanting to be a carpenter. I have spent most of my adult life working in woodworking. My wife Pat and I own Custom Hardwoods. We build cabinets, furniture, and mill work for a living. At some point, and I don’t know exactly when, I started carving for enjoyment, which led to taking classes. I had hoped it might lead to doing and incorporating it in my cabinets and furniture. This I assure you I do very little of as I think it is not something people regularly do these days or can afford. However, I will keep trying to get people to see the value in keeping this alive.