Charles Radtke

Year inducted: 2016

Charles Radtke is a furniture maker living and working in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.  He was born in 1964 in Hermann, Missouri, where he spent his childhood. He moved to the Chicago area in 1984 he developed a serious interest in making furniture while working a part-time job with the Franciscan Brothers in Westmont, Illinois. He had studied to become a computer scientist with Bell Labs, but after working in the corporate world for three years he decided to pursue furniture-making full-time, and has been creating designs and developing his technique ever since. 

Today, Radtke’s work can be found in the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, several nationally known museums, and in many private collections. His style is described as both “classic and contemporary.” and his work includes cabinets, tables, pedestals, and altarpieces.  His work is appreciated for both its design and the exquisite attention to details such as in the dovetailing, hand-planing, carving, and finishing touches. The aesthetic of each piece is important inside and out.  He prefers working with native American hardwoods, although some of his pieces include exotic woods that have been given to him or unexpectedly found.

Works by Charles Radtke

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