Born in Seattle, but North Carolinian since age seven, Iʼve lived all over this country, but moved back here to Asheville just five years ago. It was 1974 when I first engaged in serious woodworking as apprentice to Peter Kramer, but soon had my own shop and though Iʼve had a few careers in between, have been a woodworker all these years.
Trained in and student of traditional tools and technique, I have learned and continue to learn much from proper restoration of fine antiques for collectors, both private and institutional. My custom furniture designs are certainly informed by early methods, but I do embrace modern power tools-much less expensive than finding, feeding and housing apprentices. I often tell prospective clients that if they have a sketch, photo, or verbal description of a piece of furniture, I can turn their dream into reality, working in any style or period to build a piece to be proud of, which will become a family heirloom.
I also teach fine woodworking at John C. Campbell Folk School two sessions per year and have an on-going weekly teaching program at Asheville Park & Recʼs Harvest House Community Center in the Kenilworth neighborhood. I to encourage my students to learn the joy of using hand planes, spokeshaves and scrapers, which I think helps them master the machine equivalent.