National TV show features Washougal artist

'Kelly Clarkson Show' turns spotlight on local woodworker John Furniss

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Washougal artist John Furniss works in his woodworking studio in 2017. (Contributed photo courtesy of John Furniss)

Washougal artist John Furniss appeared on the nationally syndicated “Kelly Clarkson Show” on Tuesday, April 10.

Clarkson, a former “American Idol” winner and chart-topping musician, praised the work of Furniss, a renowned woodworker who creates tables, lamps, jewelry boxes, bowls and other items from recycled materials with a lathe.

“(Furniss is) spreading the message that disabilities don’t have to hold you back from anything,” Clarkson said. “Even though he’s blind, he does incredible woodwork just by sound and feel, and he has turned it into a full-time job. He details it all on his TikTok channel, ‘The Blind Woodsman,’ and people are fascinated, as they should be.”

After Furniss told Clarkson about his woodworking career and social media initiatives, the host showed one of his bowls to her viewing audience, calling it “beautiful” and “incredible work.” She then told Furniss that PilotPen, a sponsor of her show, would send him $1,000 for his work to “create fearlessly and spread positivity.”

“That’s so amazing,” Furniss said. “I’ll definitely be going down to the wood store.”

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