I have been building furniture and cabinets for over 30 years. I have always been an admirer of the Arts and Crafts style, particularly the Craftsman Style, and many of my earlier pieces show this influence. More recently I have been attracted to the graceful curves and lines of Asian furniture and architecture so I have tried to incorporate some of this influence into my work. Hannah’s Armoire and the Torii Bench are examples of this influence.
Woodworking has always been a part of me though my main career has been the rewarding experience of teaching at the high school level. I started with teaching traditional drafting and wood shop. Having evolved with technology I now teach everything from engineering graphics and architecture (now all computerized) to graphic design, photography and video production. I have been doing it long enough to see a second generation come through my classroom.
Before I started teaching I built homes, refinished antiques, and worked as a wilderness ranger in both the Bob Marshall and Selway-Bitterroot wilderness areas of Montana.
I spend winter evenings and my summers building one-of-a-kind furniture pieces. Our house is full of my furniture and I have been building pieces and selling at galleries for a few years now. I will retire from teaching before long and devote my energy full-time to furniture making. Not sure when….when the time feels right.