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  • My Shop
    Some detailed information about my workshop.
    Power Tools
    Bosch router with table
    Craftsman Plunge router
    Bobs E4 Cnc with Dwalt Dw660
    Skill table saw
    Rigid 18"Belt sander
    Hitachi Cw40 Scroll Saw
    Ryobi nail gun
    Compound Miter Saw
    Central Machinery sander
    Tile saw
    My Shop
    My shop is inside my unheated garage.
  • Woodworker Information
    A few details about myself.
    In July, 2003, my husband and I moved to Tidioute, Pennsylvania next to the Allegheny National Forest. I started Cortese Creations in 2009 when I lived in Tidioute, Pennsylvania. I began doing a lot of wood burnings of wildlife and rodeo subjects. At that time, I had limited equipment. Over the years I acquired more equipment allowing me to successfully create a larger selection of items.

    Ten years later, in November, 2013, we moved to Meadville, Pennsylvania, it was nice to get back to civilization. We were getting tired of dealing with the struggles of the winters in the mountains. We find that living in Meadville (Vernon Township) is more convenient to shopping and easy every day living. We are very close to nearby lakes for boating and fishing, and the Allegheny National Forest is only a 45 minute drive away. I can look out my kitchen window and see mountains and trees and a short drive up the road to farm land. I have the best of both worlds.

    My maiden name was Karen Hartman and I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I got married in June of 1977 and my married name is, Karen Cortese.

    Did you know that we native Pittsburghers have our own form of the English language? Pittsburghese, at look it up online at, it's very funny. I have to tell you, I speak it very well and was able to pronounce all the words correctly.

    I went to Carrick High School in Pittsburgh from 1972 - 1976 and took art as a my elective. I had no other formal art training and am fully self-taught. I strive to learn new mediums and find the challenges rewarding. My uncle Lee Hartman was an artist who worked as an animator for the Walt Disney Co, California, and Tiny Toons Warner Brothers, he also taught art at the Ivy School of Art in Pittsburgh, PA. Natural artistic ability is in the blood and is a natural genetic characteristic.

    My love for animals (even reptiles and rodents) and nature continues to inspire my creativity of rustic art. I am a self-taught artist with no formal training. I never know what projects will develop each day when I wake up. An idea will pop into my head, and I go with it. Some projects workout and some don't. I work from home, and NEVER get bored! My days are completely full and go by very fast. I have been horse crazy since birth. Animals and the beauty of nature continue to inspire me to create art.
    Meadville, Pennsylvania
    My hobby interests are: creating artwork, wood working, horseback riding, camping, fishing, hiking, and being outdoors.

    My woodworking is primarily of domestic animals and wildlife because that is what I love. I have a drawing pad that I use to re-draw my animal images. Once I have the drawing done, I zoom in to the pixel level to clean it up even more. Doing that lets VcarvePro trace the image quickly and the nodes are not to scattered. That is a very time consuming process. After I trace an image in Vcarve, I edit the nodes to clean it up further. Then I save the file for future use. My husband saw me doing node editing, and could not believe that was possible. My Vcarve carvings are different and unique, because I drew them. I do, however, download some vectors and models from the internet. I still have to clean them up before using.

    I get some very nice wood from a cabinet maker up the road from my house. It is like Christmas time when I go into his scraps.
    Favorite Router
    Bocsh, Craftsman, Dewalt
    Woodworking Experience (Years)
    12 years making items.
    First Name
    United States
  • Signature
    It's always a good day when you wake up. Don't fret the small stuff, enjoy every minute of life you have.


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  • Last Activity: 09-17-2020 03:41 PM
  • Join Date: 11-12-2019
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