Spearguns, Wood & Tile Cabinets, Pewter Goblets

Host Jill Wagner travels the country on a quest to find talented craftsmen who still make incredible items by hand. In Riviera Beach, Florida, John Ippolito shows Jill how he makes the spear guns that are changing the sport of spearfishing with their amazing accuracy. Then in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jamie Yocono makes beautifully crafted wood and tile cabinets and proves woodworking is not just a job for men. Finally, in Templeton, California, Randy Stromsoe, a classically trained, award-winning metal smith demonstrates how he makes the one of a kind pewter goblets that have been used by U.S. Presidents.


John Ippolito – Koah Spearguns

Riviera Beach, FL  |  Spearguns  |  Website

When John Ippolito was dissatisfied with the spearguns he used on his job, he began adjusting and improving the equipment he was using at the time. Then having a vision in mind, he finally crafted a speargun to his own specifications. He knew what he was looking for: a gun that would track, balance and drive the same shaft path time and time again. But just having a technically functioning speargun was not enough. John put his years of art and design experience to work, creating a quality speargun that looked beautiful in and out of the water.

He continues to uphold his high standards today in his 3,000 sq. ft. shop with a small staff of dedicated artisans. Everything from the track, laminates, ballast, rubber, shafts and coatings are of the highest grade and strength, and not one gun leaves the shop that John would not personally shoot.

 Jamie Yocono – Wood It Is!

Las Vegas, NV  |  Wood & Tile Cabinets  |  Website

Growing up in Los Angeles, Jamie Yocono often played in her father’s workshop, but it wasn’t until the family moved to Ohio, and Jamie discovered her new high school offered woodworking classes, that she started working in wood. She went on to Ohio University, earning a degree in furniture design, and ultimately opening her own studio.

Now located in Las Vegas, Jamie has created custom pieces for Nellis Air Force Base, the Prince of Saudi Arabia and the Thunderbirds pilots, among others. In 1994, she discovered her talent and love for teaching, when a friend asked if she knew of anyone who would teach woodworking classes at the University of Akron. Instead of offering a name, Jamie went ahead and developed a course plan and taught it herself.

In 2009 she took the plunge, and opened her own school to great success. Classes are always full and in high demand. Her teaching style is unique, infused with passion for her craft, encouragement, fun and creativity.

Randy Stromsoe – Pewter Goblets

Templeton, CA  |  Pewter Goblets  |  Website

At the age of 19, Randy Stromsoe was fortunate to work with master silversmith, Porter Blanchard.

His work has been commissioned for movie work, including a coffee pot prop for a 2016 Quentin Tarantino film, featured in a number of exhibitions, and is in the permanent collections of the Oakland Museum, The Renwick Gallery at The Smithsonian Institution, the White House Collection of American Craft, and The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, with a piece created for the Papal visit of Pope John Paul II in 1987.

The last apprentice of the great Porter Blanchard has done his teacher proud.

When not creating masterpieces of stunning functional art, Randy shares his knowledge by teaching classes, and lecturing on his craft, and he enjoys art, surfing, organic gardening and music.


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