Patrick Pryor brings over 35 years of woodworking and design expertise to the customers of Pryor Craftsmen. He started designing and making furniture and musical instruments in High School in St. Louis. After that he studied acoustic guitar making and wood technology under Anthony Huvard at the Northwest School of Instrument Design in Seattle, WA.
Upon his return to St. Louis he taught high school wood working, and repaired musical instruments and furniture, He also designed and built chairs and sculptures. At the same time Patrick was a part-time Designer/Draftsman at Architectural Bronze Studio. He produced design drawings and detailed shop drawings. Projects included lecterns, alters and crosses for churches, arc doors for synagogues and gates for a mosque in Saudi Arabia.
Patrick founded Pryor Craftsmen Custom Woodworking in 1984 in a former school building unincorporated Meacham Park owned by West County Hardwoods. His projects included fireplace mantels, bars, entertainment centers, and custom furniture.
In 1989 Patrick sold his shop and moved to Chicago worked for several architectural millwork firms as a drawing board draftsman, cabinetmaker or project manager he took AutoCAD classes at Moraine Valley Community College.
Patrick worked as a CAD operator at Folgers Architects and then as the CAD/Space Inventory Administrator at the University Chicago Hospitals. While working at the University of Chicago, he earned a BA in Interior Architecture from Columbia College Chicago.
After that he became the Interior Construction Administrator for the McCormick Place West Expansion Design Team. He also worked for the Architectural Department at McDonough Associates as an architectural designer.
In 2008 Patrick opened Pryor Craftsmen Inc. providing custom woodworking, design, furniture repairs and fretted musical instrument repair.
During the summer of 2014 Patrick taught Ukulele Making/Introduction to Guitar Making at the Chicago School of Woodworking.