Amanda Yoder was born and raised in a small town outside of Raleigh, NC to a family of DIYers. After studying musical theatre at East Carolina University, she moved to NYC to continue pursuing a career in the performing arts. When the world turned upside down in Spring 2020, all bets were off. Newly married to another southerner, she left the big city and settled in the mountains of her home state, where she and her husband Blake started a small urban farm and adopted a Victorian farmhouse. The massive amount of change and uncertainty caused by the pandemic and other personal circumstances caused Amanda to reevaluate the trajectory of her artist career. Having grown up around power tools and figure-it-outers, she was only a weekend project away from considering woodworking as the next leg of her creative journey. Things just clicked when Amanda started learning about fine woodworking techniques that could produce something on a totally different plane than a 2x4 bed platform. Amanda is now in her final year of Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts program and recently launched her furniture business, Coda Wood Studio.
- Waynesville, NC
- Professional Status