About Schmidt HankTheCat

Johan Schmidt was born in Rhede, West Germany and 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 when the family moved to the United States. Johan grew up working on building projects with his father. At the age of 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 the art of chair making with Mike Dunbar at The Windsor Institute in Hampton, NH and with Troy Beall of the Annapolis School of Woodwork.

Most days he can be found working in his shop seen below at his Delaware County, Ohio home.