Episode 43: The Blind Woodsman

February 11, 2021
Show Notes

Welcome to Exploring Washington State Episode 43. Featuring John Furniss The Blind Woodsman.


JBlind Woodworker using a latheohn shares his story during our conversation. At 16 he survived a suicide attempt that left him completely blind. Today he is a woodworking artist, motivational speaker, and has over 500,000 Tik Tok followers. As a motivational speaker John's message is one of hope and encouragement. His goal is to share a message that suicide is not the answer and that help is available to you if you are troubled.  During our conversation we learn about his journey as a troubled teen to today where he and his wife create art and make a living by being artists.

When John moved to Washington to study piano repair he knew he found a place to call home. While studying at Emil Fries School of Piano Technology for the Blind he first met his wife Anni.  How they met is just one of the stories that John shares with us in this episode.

Today John and Anni run Furniss Studios where you can purchase John's Wood Creations and you can find Anni's prints, sculptures, and their collaboration pieces.  Anni is responsible for all of the videos that you can find of The Blind Woodsman on Tik Tok, Instagram, You Tube and other online platforms. Make sure you take a look at some of the links below.

This was an episode that I truly enjoyed recording. I know you will find John to be truly engaging and inspirational guest.  I expect we will have John (and Anni) back for another episode in the future.

Some of the places and websites  Mentioned in this Episode

Furniss Studios

The Blind Woodsman on Tik Tok

The Blind Woodsman on Facebook

Anni the Artist on Tik Tok


Each episode we will have a chat with someone who has a great story to share about Washington State. From artists, to business owners.  Musicians to athletes Exploring Washington State will showcase the beauty and creativity here in Washington State.

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