Sue Meyers-Dyer grew up in Michigan, moved to Oklahoma 33 years ago, and for the last four years has called Guthrie home. While her background includes such things as beauty school (graduating with honors), working as a cabinet maker, as well as being a Nuclear Missile Computer Systems Analyst in the Air Force, her passion has turned into creating woodworking masterpieces with her hands.
“I grew up with three older brothers and my dad did wood working in the basement and I loved doing that,” said Meyers-Dyer. “ I worked on cars with my brothers, raced cars and raced motorcycles. Growing up as the youngest girl with all brothers you learn to do what your brothers do.”
Meyers-Dyer was the contractor on her own house that she built 22 years ago. She also built her own arena, stalls, and tack room. She has spent over three decades in woodworking, loving what she does, and enthusiastically creates all of her own pieces.
“I love working with my hands even though I’m kind of a brainiac. It’s so fulfilling and rewarding,” expressed Meyers-Dyer. “One of my favorite things to do is get a punky, rotten piece of wood that will have holes in it and nobody else wants it. I’ll fill it with resin and then I will turn it. Those are my best sellers because they turn out so beautiful. To me it’s a rendition of what God does for us through Jesus. He takes all the dross and the ashes and makes something beautiful.”
After selling her ranch, upgrading her equipment, and buying a large digital lathe, she turns everything from writing pens to bowls and builds elaborate tables with industrial steel bases, geometric designs, fossils, and turquoise pieces. Meyers-Dyer describes her art form as creative wood art and furniture and she was chosen as the Showcase Artist at the 2019 Edmond Arts Festival held May 3rd thru the 5th. Her furniture can be found from New York to Houston.
“I was actually known nationally before I was known locally,” explained Meyers-Dyer. “Now to be recognized locally is very much an honor and a privilege. This is still a man’s industry, so to be recognized as a woman woodworker is very humbling.”
During the 2013 tornadoes she started her disaster relief ministry, Rebuild Ministries. She volunteered full time for 22 months to help victims rebuild their homes, barns, fences, whatever needed rebuilt, and coordinated volunteers from all over the United States to help. Lately she has been helping the homeless and single moms. Giving back to people is something she will always be passionate about.
Meyers-Dyer enjoys building custom pieces for individuals and businesses. While she doesn’t have a gallery, she does keep items such as her magnificent tables and a portfolio of other unique art pieces for people to peruse. One of her creations in Guthrie is the sign that hangs above the locally owned business, The Boarding House located downtown. Her newest endeavor will be to design a woman’s workwear line. She has made a couple of designs already and is looking to partner with someone to sew them. She is also working on an International Christian Radio Woman’s teaching program.