Gilmary Manor Studio

Golden Valley Arizona 86413

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The Artisan behind the creations of Gilmary Manor Studio is John Workman, who called Las Vegas, NV home for 48 years.

"When I was a kid Las Vegas was a great place to grow up in,

Las Vegas was still Las Vegas back then." 

His interest in woodworking would begin in Jr. High School.

"My shop instructor made a deal with my other teachers to stay in his class all day,

at least this way I would show up for school and maybe learn something.

I didn't want to do anything, but work with wood."

His woodworking training would continue on into high school at the

Southern Nevada Vocational Technical Center in Las Vegas. Leaving Las Vegas in 1981 at 18, he moved to Houston, 

Texas and almost immediately went to work for Texas Art Glass Studios.

Texas Art Glass was established in 1900 and had a long well known reputation

throughout the south in traditional leaded and stained glass as well as faceted glass.

There he learned the stained glass craft from the ground up, eventually executing

every step of the process from design to installation. Returning to Las Vegas in 1985, he spent that summer working 

with his Father on collector automobiles.

"Pop didn't even have a drivers license, but He owned a car and we worked

on it and everybody's car around the neighborhood, that's just the way it was,

a bunch of old guys with old cars." 

In the winter of that same year it would just so happen that he would go

to work for what would turn into a career of 18 years with the original world famous

Imperial Palace Auto Collection.

There once again he would start from the ground up, beginning as a car duster.

Although that did not last long.

Over the next 18 years he became an invaluable member of the museum staff and became assistant curator of the collection, learning all phases of the antique and collectible car field as well as museum curation. But there would be more to the position than ever anticipated.

Through his position at the museum he would be introduced to and work with some of the worlds best known craftsmen and artisans from every field in the antiques and collecting world. He also worked with top museums from around the world, collaborated on countless research projects such as photographing and inventorying the military documents of Gen. George S. Patton, which were valued at more than $1.4 million, and donated to the school of UND’s collage library. He was involved in all aspects of the Historical Carroll Shelby Garage Sale in 1997, from directing photography sessions and photographing himself, as well Mr. Shelby’s personal collection of automobiles and historic memorabilia, to working the actual auction block during the time of the sale. He was a special project manager during the building of the Las Vegas Motor Speed Way and worked from inception until opening day as an integral part of the team. 

He helped create and develop the modern day style of collector and antique automobile auctions during the establishing of “The Auction” company in 1987.

His airbrush training was learned from one of the original late 1940's and early 1950's Hot Rod Show circuit premiere young talents Dave Allen. At that period in Mr. Allen's career he was working side by side with such names as Kenny "Von Dutch" Howard and Ed "Big Daddy Roth". Mr. Allen would eventually wind up with his own custom airbrush shop located inside the Imperial Palace Auto Collection for almost 30 years. 

During the creation of the book

 "A Century Of Style: The Imperial Palace Auto Collection"

 He worked one on one for almost 2 years with Henry Rasmussen, designer, photographer and co-author of the book.

All of the time learning photography as well as lay out and design directly from the hand of the Master. In recent correspondence with Mr. Rasmussen he made the following statement:

After reviewing the portfolio of Gilmary Manor Studio,

“You are an Impressively Multi-Talented Artist and Craftsman”

In the spring of 2003 he had finally made the decision to move on from his career in the collectible automotive industry. He spent the next 2 years developing his craftsmanship in the privacy of a downtown Las Vegas studio with no customers and only one goal - “developing my skills.”

His final time spent serving the public was spent for a short period working for the  historic 1893 Carnegie Library Music Hall, in Oakland PA. Now after staying out of public eye for so long the decision was made to open a studio that would now make available to everyone over thirty years of experienced craftsmanship. 

Gilmary Manor Studio has finally found a home in the peaceful great southwestern deserts of Arizona.

"Lots of room and lots of dirt, just like when I was a kid in Vegas!”

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