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1977-1979 Michael Coffey’s School of Fine Woodworking

East Poultney, Vermont




Holes in the Woods

John c. Starinovich                     
 Functional  wood sculptOr 

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Tree holes provide a great medium for creativity and also provide a habitat for wildlife.

Therefore, John  uses only the tree holes from downed trees.​ The pieces he finds are saved from rotting away.

His work is part him  and part Mother Nature blended together to create a unique functional art form. 


John  has been a woodworker for over 40 years.  In his early career he designed and sold contemporary pieces of furniture, worked as a carpenter and enjoyed carving.  Then he started as an elevator technician in the 80's. 

Now retired, John is back to his passion in woodworking.  

He combines his background in woodworking and  love of nature to create unique wall hung functional mirrored sculptures using tree holes.  
John is inspired by what he finds outside and brings the beauty of the natural world into homes.  

When he is not watching his grandchildren, you will find him in his woodworking studio /Gallery in Connecticut.



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New Britain Museum of American Art- Nor'easter 51st Annual Juried Exhibition(2021 New Britain, Ct.)

Signature Artist -Art Center East (2021 Vernon, Ct.)

Scituate Arts Association  (2021 Scituate, Ma.)

Ridgefield Guild of the Arts (2021 Ridgefield, Ct.)

Cultural Center of Cape Cod (2021 South Yarmouth, Ma)

Art Center East (2021 Vernon, Ct)

Slater Memorial Museum (2021 Norwich, Ct.)

Limner Art Gallery  Virtual Show "Show of Heads" (2020 Hudson, New York)

Limner Art Gallery Virtual Show  "Arte Natura"(2020 Hudson, New York)

James Library Art Show (2020 Norwell, Ma)

​Invitation to Loos Gallery (2019 Woodstock Academy, Woodstock, Ct.)

West Hartford Art League Exhibiton (2019 West Hartford, CT)

16TH Annual Blache Ames National Art Exhibition(2019 North Easton, MA.) (Honorable Mention Honor)

Monson Art Council Spring 2018 Juried Show

Artist Open Studio (2018 Northeast, CT)

Paradise City (2018 Northampton,MA. )

Slater Memorial Museum (2018 Norwich,CT)

Paradise City (2017 Northampton, MA).

​​Artist Open Studio (2017 Northeast CT)

Glastonbury Arts on the Green(2017 Glastonbury, CT.)  (First Place Honor)   

Mystic Museum of Art (2017 Mystic, CT)

Slater Memorial Museum (2017 Norwich, CT)

Artist Open Studio (2016 Northeast CT)

Courtyard Gallery (2016 Mystic, CT)

Arts of Tolland (2016 Tolland, CT)

Connecticut Art and Flower Show (2016 Hartford, CT

Northeast Fishing and Hunting Show (2016 Hartford, CT.)

Artist Open Studio (2015 Northeast, CT)

Artisans Showcase (2015 Hartford, CT)

​Arts of Tolland (2009 Tolland, CT)

BIN 228 (2008 Hartford, CT)

"Wood Works" (2008 West Springfield, MA)

Fine Woodworking Second Edition Biennial Design Book (1979)

Featured in "Times Argus Newspaper (1978 Rutland, Vt)

Veterans Exhibit (1978 Montpelier, VT)

​"Under the Roof" at Frog Hollow (1978 Burlington, VT)​​