Wendy Maruyama has been making innovative work for over 40 years. Having addressed the issues of being a female in a male dominated field (woodworking), a minority (Asian American), and being disabled (deaf with cerebral palsy) has made for an interesting adventure of navigating this challenging road. That, and challenging the norms of her chosen field of woodworking certainly has informed her practice of combined ideologies of feminism, ethnicity, traditional/domestic, craft objects (furniture) and historical and social narratives..