The Blind Woodsman: Bringing Life and Light to Clark County through Art

The Blind Woodsman: Bringing Life and Light to Clark County through Art

Photo courtesy Anni Furniss

With an open heart and a wild imagination, John Furniss of Washougal put his feet in the cold water of the ocean. He immersed himself in the calming sound of the waves and with the wind blowing on his face, he took a breath and imagined what the depth and breadth of the ocean was like. Furniss, who has been blind since the age of 16, stood alongside his loving wife Anni Becker Furniss, who helped him experience the ocean in a way that touched his soul. While this is just a glimpse of the couple’s many life adventures together, their true adventure lies in the art and business they’ve created and Furniss’s ability to develop breathtaking art in the form of woodwork.

To read more, pick up a copy of the July 2018 issue at any of these locations, or view the digital archive copy here.

Visit for more information about Furniss’s work and upcoming events.

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Check out John at work in this video:

A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, Brooke Strickland is a full time freelance writer who recently co-authored her first book, “Hooked on Games.” When taking a break from writing, she can be found in a cozy chair with a book, or on the Oregon coast with her two daughters, husband, and two dogs.

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