• Who is Mark Lazarz?

    I am a retired guy with enough time on his hands to make this website. I turned 65 in 2012 having spent most of my working life in environmental compliance and facility management. In 2006, I purchased an Art & Framing business in West Bend, WI and changed it to "Legacy Photo & Frame, LLC" in 2007.  This gave me an opportunity to do professional portrait photography, an interest I have had for years.  I closed the business in 2011 when my lease was up because the business was poor due to the economy.  That's OK because I was ready to retire anyway.  I have been investing in stationary woodworking tools over the years and my home workshop, although not large, is now well equipped and serves my needs quite nicely.  Everything I do in my shop is pretty much self taught through books, videos, magazines, seminars and on-line information.  I hope you enjoy your visit to my website!

  • I knew a Mark Lazarz years ago, could you be the one I remember?

    Possibly, here's a quick bio - born 1947 in Madison, WI.  Attended St. Bernard's grade school, East High School and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1969 with a B.S. degree in Chemistry.  My maternal grandfather was William McCormick who was prominent in law enforcement in the Madison area serving as a policeman, detective, sheriff and Chief of Police.  I'm the oldest of 6 children born to Ed and Rose Lazarz.  I worked at several places throughout my career (all in Wisconsin) including Badger Army Ammunition Plant in Baraboo, Cutler-Hammer, Hamilton Test Systems, Perlick Corporation in Milwaukee and Simplicity Manufacturing in Port Washington.  I also did some consulting work and owned my own businesses the last of which was Legacy Photo & Frame, LLC in West Bend, WI. I'm now retired living in Hubertus, WI with my wife Marilyn.  We have 2 children and 5 grandchildren all living within a 30 mile radius.  I still do professional portrait photography part time but I'm going to devote a lot of time to fixing up the house and woodworking for fun. My photography website is Pixel Photography Co., LLC

  • What are your political views?

    None of your business although I strongly believe that we need to reverse deficit spending by the Feds.  That's all I'm gonna say about that.

  • Some of your FAQ questions are weird, are you nuts?


  • Does your wife know how much you spend on tools?

    Not really. I simply tell her that we are saving a ton of money by making stuff for the house that would cost a fortune if we went shopping. So far, so good!

  • Have you ever had a woodworking project that didn’t turn out as planned?

    The ones I plan all turn out exactly as planned. Those done on the fly (roughly 80%) are a little iffy at times.

  • Do you sell stuff at craft shows?

    Are you kidding? When I attend these shows and see how much work and effort people put into their woodworking products and then sell their stuff for next to nothing, it's not something that appeals to me.

  • How come everything I buy has a label that says it causes cancer in the state of California?

    It's been said that California is the land of Fruits and Nuts.  This proves the point.