Muzzy’s Mountain Artistree
Jake Marzullo is from Brookville, Pennsylvania and relocated to Western North Carolina in 2003.Â He began working in the wood carving business at the age of fifteen and the current business of Muzzy’s Mountain Artistree has been located in Maggie Valley since 2005.
Around the age of seven, JakeÂ began woodworking, making things such as birdhouses. From there heÂ began hand carving things such as wood spirits into treesÂ around the age of ten. At thirteen he startedÂ carving with a chainsaw, making turtles, bears, mushrooms, and garden serpents after seeing a wood carver at a camp work with chainsaws himself.
Jake’s interest in wood artÂ stemmed from wanting to create- it was always a hobby to work with tools. HavingÂ access to a neighbor’s tools at a young age provided opportunities for his hobby to grow into an art form. Jake pursued and attained a Bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Today, Jake’s creations primarily include carvings of wildlife-especially bears-Â yet also includes gnomes, Santas, mushrooms, and murals. Jake’s favorite creations are those which are new and have never been done before, creating a fun challenge.Â In Rimersburg, Pennsylvania stands a memorial of a Civil War soldier which isÂ Jake’s favorite piece to date.
Chris HenryÂ â€‹is originally fromÂ Asheville,Â North Carolina, and has worked with Jake since 2009.
Chris began minor woodworking following Jake’s influenceÂ at the age of nineteenÂ afterÂ an original involvement in the sale of artistic pieces. His main work with Jake centers around custom furnitureÂ includingÂ tables, mantles, countertops for bothÂ bathrooms &Â kitchens, bars, and signs. Chris doesÂ one-of-a-kind fine finishing and custom work. He paints, sands, grinds, and adds finishes such as poly or wax to pieces at Muzzy’s Mountain Artistree. While Jake is more strictly chainsaw, Chris finishes the minor details on his work.
Chris’s favorite things to create areÂ custom tables- particularlyÂ centerpiece with abstract bases to incorporate the detailsÂ of a table. Knowing that he is creating aÂ truly unique piece to be centered in someoneâ€™s home is a rewarding experience.