Izzy Swan is a popular woodworker and YouTuber.
He has more than 800 thousand subscribers on his YouTube channel by the name izzy swan.
Izzy is also an inventor, engineer and artist.
Izzy Swan was born on 19 March 1973.
He hails from Greenville, South Carolina, United States.
Izzy’s mother, Karen Swan was a Former Sergeant at Michigan Department Of Public Safety.
His father was a Vietnam veteran.
A fifth-generation craftsman-
Izzy is a fifth generation craftsman.
As his father and grandfather were woodworkers, he grew up around woodworking watching them woodworking but at that time, he wasn’t interested in it.
Even though Izzy wasn’t interested in woodworking, at that time he was made to woodwork and back then, he cut a lot of dovetails by hand.
At that time, he learnt woodworking through trial and error.
At 14, Izzy became a professional woodworker and started making arbors out of soft maple limbs that he cut out of the woods.
He also started making little benches and started off with a hammer, handsaw and a drill.
Izzy started selling his products and a year into professional woodworking, he was earning more than his mother as a prison guard.
Quitting high school to build log homes-
Izzy quit high school and his babysitting job, which he didn’t like to build log homes for a person in Greenville, Michigan.
He built log homes for a couple of years.
Then, Izzy returned to school and studied for a General Educational Diploma and also did a few courses.
Then, in 1993 he joined Arizona State University to study Construction Management but he dropped out in 1995.
Falling in love with woodworking-
While building log homes, Izzy stumbled upon rustic furniture, especially Adirondack style furniture.
He observed that producing rustic furniture allows for much freedom and creativity and it also isn’t restrictive as it has fewer rules and also, rustic furniture brings in the natural world indoors with its imperfections.
Thanks to rustic furniture, Izzy fell in love with woodworking and he started designing and making a lot of rustic furniture.
Prior to this, he was making fine furniture.
Izzy doesn’t possess any formal background training in woodworking but he learnt a lot about woodworking by being an avid reader and being very curious.
His inspirations for woodworking-
As Izzy is a history buff, he has been very inspired by the work of George Nakashima, an American woodworker, architect, and furniture maker born on 24 May 1905.
He has also been inspired by Sam Maloof, a famous chair maker and rustic artists like Barney Bellinger and Randy Holden.
In the mechanical world, Izzy is very influenced by Whitworth.
Starting a rustic furniture company-
Thanks to his love for rustic furniture, he started a rustic furniture manufacturing company and while working here, he learnt a lot of his mechanical ability.
Initially, Izzy started making high end furniture with twig, birch bark and mosaic designs but at that time, he got married and realised that it would be better to focus on mass production of furniture instead of selling high-end furniture as high-end furniture gets sold very occasionally.
As he was skilled in designing, he showcased his designs to a few businesses and as the businesses got interested in his designs, his business instantly became successful.
Izzy started building a lot of equipment in order to fasten the furniture manufacturing process.
He also built rustic furniture for a couple of celebrities in upstate New York.
By 2008, Izzy became very skilled at designing and building equipment and realised that he liked building equipment more than building the furniture.
So, he quit his business in 2008 and started doing process and production consulting for a variety of furniture manufacturers.
The izzy swan YouTube channel & his YouTube inspirations-
Izzy started his YouTube channel by the name izzy swan on 11 May 2008 and started publishing videos showcasing the furniture that he was designing for furniture companies.
Then, he took down these videos and moved to Charleston, South Carolina.
While living in Charleston, he was bored as there weren’t woodworkers in the area to interact.
And one of Izzy’s friends suggested he publish videos onto YouTube as it would help him to find and interact with other woodworkers and he started working on his YouTube channel.
At that time, he published the first video on 19 March 2013 and was inspired with people commenting and interacting with his videos and so, he continued publishing videos.
During that time, Izzy had a lot of free time and started watching a lot of YouTube videos and realised the lack of DIY videos on woodworking equipment.
As he had years of experience with woodworking equipment, he started publishing interesting DIY videos and thanks to this, his YouTube channel started gaining subscribers.
At that time, Izzy was inspired by many YouTubers like Steve Ramsey, Marc Spagnuolo of The Wood Whisperer, Laney Shaughnessy and Matt Vanderlist.
A successful YouTuber-
As of December 2022, Izzy has 883K subscribers on his YouTube channel.
And has 150K followers on Instagram.
Izzy is so skilled that he could make all the equipment that he ever produced by hand.
Apart from working on YouTube, he owns Smart Future which works on smart cities, energy sourcing, atmospheric water condensers, etc. and he also works on product development with some engineering groups.
Izzy also occasionally does video editing and voice over work for some companies and collects royalties on his furniture designs.
He sells many products through his website and he is a co-founder of Makers Playground.
In a car accident, Izzy’s six vertebrae got crushed and he developed complications from it.
As he was also a power lifter for many years, it also caused problems.
For around two decades, Izzy was suffering from spondylolisthesis, a spinal condition which causes lower back pain and due to this, he had to be on a wheelchair.
In one of his 2019 YouTube videos, he stated that he was suffering from a grade 5 spondylolisthesis.
Izzy underwent a surgery on 14 January 2020 in which his L4-S1 were fused and he recovered from his condition and has been able to walk without any assistance.
Izzy was married to Danielle and he has children.
He has been in a relationship with Maggie Ergle and she appeared in a few of his YouTube videos.
Izzy’s hobbies besides woodworking are metalworking, fishing, agriculture and reading and he is also interested in the future of energy and water.
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