Andy Isham does custom woodwork, and is the owner of These Trees, which uses salvaged urban trees to create unique furniture pieces in Madison, Wisconsin. Hear Andy in episode 96 of The Path to Authenticity.


If your life were a novel, what would be the title?

Either The Business of Is-ness or Just Curious…


Where were you born?

Lebanon, Indiana, USA


Where is the place you call home?

Wherever open expression is valued


When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

It changed all the time based on the game I was playing, what there didn’t seem to be a good answer for, or how I was validated.


What is your profession?

It changes regularly. Right now, I do custom woodworking and various types of technical consulting.


What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt?

Many… but I’ve been exploring the idea of how to integrate bushcraft (wilderness survival skills) instruction with meditation guidance


What is your favorite quote?

“Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.” -Oscar Wilde


What is your preferred form of creative expression?

Currently, creating pieces from wood with unique grain figure, according to that figure


What is your favorite movie, song, and work of art?

In My Life by John Lennon


Who do you admire most?

Lao Tzu


Over the course of your life, what is an issue with which you have repeatedly struggled?

Bouts of self-loathing


Who is your celebrity crush?

Ana De Armas


What historical figure would you most like to meet?



What natural gift or ability would you most like to possess?

Flow-state dancing


What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Allowing myself to be honest with myself and others


What quality do you admire most in a person?

Openness and humor


What is something you would like to learn about?

Sacred geometry


What do you wish more people knew about you?

I wish they knew how much I appreciate them.


What is your idea of success?

Active recognition of the brilliance and wonder in all things, no matter how small


What would you like people to say about you when you’re gone?

I would like them to say that they felt free with me.