Chris Odegard (known in some circles as ElvisOmar or Elihu Leominster) has been a self-taught amateur woodworker for more than 15 years. As of September 2011, he is serving as the appointed Wood & CNC Department Head for the Hack Factory, reporting to the Shop Manager, John Scherer. His duties in this position are still being formally defined, but are understood to include organizing the space and managing the inventory and consumables budget therein, as well as being available to mentor other members on proper care and use of the common tools in that area, and consulting on other woody matters when called upon to do so.
Professionally Chris works as a graphic designer and production manager for a small marketing firm. His past work includes computer programming, writing and editing, hand-drawn animation, and a smattering of other design and creative positions. His education includes time spent at the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Hard Knocks - Midwest Campus. Recent personal projects consist primarily of small boxes and useful objects crafted from fine hardwoods. He admits to not having much useful experience with electricity and fire. Personal interests include: being a father, fine woodworking with emphasis on hand-tools and traditional craft techniques, fine spirits & good food, genealogy, hand-drums, geocaching, as well as fine art, music and film appreciation.
As of September 1, 2011, Chris' schedule for time at the factory is all evening every Wednesday, Tuesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and usually a few hours on the weekend. He lives in South Minneapolis and as a father and homeowner, he may or may not be available to come to the space when asked.
Chris would be happy to listen to questions and comments about tool use, available equipment, and better places to put stuff.
Drop Chris an email or call him: 612.202.8714