I was born in 1980 in Kansas City, Missouri. I spent my childhood outdoors, literally sunup to sundown doing whatever it is that young men do outdoors. When weather or my mother’s judgement forced me to stay indoors, I enjoyed taking household appliances and other electronics apart trying to figure out how things worked, I suppose purely out of curiosity.
Fast forward a touch, my teenage years were spent in Lone Jack, Missouri where I was first introduced to woodworking. My step-dad had a very respectable tool collection but normally woodworking meant that I would catch boards coming off the back end of the table saw and stack them neatly, or perform other remedial tasks that I found to be a waste of my precious time. What I did not see was that a mustard seed had been planted, which would lead me to the next step in my development as a craftsman in many years to come.
I attended the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri graduating with a degree in Construction Management in 2003. I got a “real job” right out of school and moved to Atlanta, Georgia the same year. Then spent the next 12 years of my life building a great career with a great company in heavy civil and mechanical construction. The company specialized in water and waste water treatment facility construction for Municipal Clients all over the South East. It was a rewarding period of my life in many ways primary because during this season of life when I was working 50..60… crazy hours, that the mustard seed grew, and I found myself moving toward the craft of designing and building fine furniture. Over the course of those 12 years I happily spent evenings, weekends, and any other spare time I had devoted to furniture design and construction. The immense internal desire to pursue furniture making, coupled with the stress of a career I found less and less rewarding over time, dictated that I had to make a decision on what direction my life would head.
So with the love and support from my wife and friends too numerous to mention, I choose to pursue passion as a profession! It is a challenging choice in many ways but I am excited and very happy to be doing what I love to do and I hope that comes through in my work. I can only hope to contribute to the craft by creating pieces of lasting beauty and value while sharing what I have learned with those who are interested in learning.
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