Handwork is in Jack Lyons’ blood. Descended from Irish immigrants in the Montana mining city of Butte, Jack was inspired by the artistry of his grandfather’s elegant wooden scroll work and his mother’s stained glass and decorated cakes. He inherited a legacy and love of working with his hands.
After earning his degree in Engineering from Montana Tech and then working several jobs in the trade, Jack moved to Arizona where he had the opportunity to pursue his passion. He designed and built custom furniture and built-in carpentry for many imaginative, themed model home spaces: jungles, space ships, cowboy camps, sports dens, southwestern bedrooms, and more.
After several years Jack returned to Montana where he built his own home and much of the furniture. Always in search of new artistic mediums to explore, he began working with metal, creating wall accents and light sconces to sell in regional galleries.
Consequently, the C.M. Russell Museum hired him as their all-purpose carpenter. He built the Renner Library in fine Oxford style, remodeled the main gallery and several other museum areas, designed and built the Kids Discovery Gallery and built the Bison Exhibit, including top-of-the-line display cases he designed for their large Native American artifacts collection.
He has since spent his time on a diverse range of creative projects in and around the Great Falls area, including original furniture design, building design and construction, built-in cabinetry and furniture, and room theming and remodeling.
His most recent focus and abiding passion is building one-of-a-kind art furniture pieces of his own design.
Jack is also doing some collaborative furniture pieces with artist, Laurie Stevens.