I’ve been doing woodworking since I was three years old. As a youngster I developed a love for woodworking by watching my father build things around the house using hand tools. Dad was good at carpentry and remodeling, and also boat building. I got interested in furniture making when I was in Junior High and High School. By the time I finished college in 1981, Roy Underhill was on PBS with The Woodwright’s Shop and I soon developed a passion for using antique tools. By 1984, I also became a woodcarver. In the 90’s, I learned Scandinavian folk figure carving from Harley Refsal and I was trained in chip carving by Wayne Barton, an internationally known chip carver.
Along the way, I have built a number of shaker furniture pieces, pine country furniture, and Windsor chairs. I have in some cases incorporated chip carving to make a piece individualistic. It might be carved panels on a hutch or a carved lid on a tool chest. Those are just a couple examples. One of my carvings, a triptych, a rendition of Albrecht Durer’s woodcut entitled “The Trinity,” is on display in the chapel of Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Il. Bottomline, woodworking for me is God given calling. I thank God for the people who have given me woodworking skills, especially Mike Dunbar and the staff at The Windsor Institute.