Alexis Dolese was born in Missoula, Montana. She grew up there, in Anchorage, Alaska and Bellingham, WA.
Alexis reconnected with her Montana roots by going to Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, on a track scholarship. She was pursuing a degree in Ceramics when she decided that a traditional education wasn’t the path for her. She had an opportunity to design and build a house in Bozeman, where she learned how to do framing, tiling, plumbing, electrical work, etc., with help from her parents and other craftsmen. She built most of the furniture, cabinets and trim for her house.
Alexis became interested in building furniture as a career about seven years ago. She was able to spend a couple of years in Bellingham in her dad’s furniture shop, learning the craft and helping him teach classes. She is now the main instructor for her own classes. Additionally, she has a furniture business, and has her own wood shop here in Bozeman, MT.
Shop: 4156 Bozeman Trail Rd, Bozeman MT 59715
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