I am primarily
a self taught craftsman who has taken what started out as a life long hobby and turned it into a life’s profession. From childhood, I had always enjoyed working with my hands and was constantly building things. I was not only content to build things, but I also needed to know why things were built the
I am primarily
a self taught craftsman who has taken what started out as a life long hobby and turned it into a life’s profession. From childhood, I had always enjoyed working with my hands and was constantly building things. I was not only content to build things, but I also needed to know why things were built the way they were. At an early age, woodworking seemed to be a natural for me. My formal education is as an electrical engineer, a career that I pursued until 1990. During this time I also worked briefly as a gunsmith and was involved in competitive shooting. I left my engineering career as a result of a massive restructuring, and began my transition into full time woodworking.
Having built my own home, I began working as a General Contractor, and because of my interest in old homes I decided to specialize in residential restorations. Being a restoration contractor gave me an even deeper insight into traditional style and construction techniques and as to why some methods fail over time and others seem to last forever. I continuously expanded my shop to meet the demands of restoration work. Beside the restoration projects, many of my clients were requesting me to build period furniture that would suit a particular area of their home. In time I found that I preferred the stability of the concrete floor of my shop to shaky ladders and scaffolding. In 1998 I started to move away from being a general contractor and concentrate more on furniture and fine finish carpentry. My experience as a restoration contractor had given me an acute understanding of traditional joinery, coupled with the sheer joy of duplicating woodwork that could not be bought and the pride of working with clients that cherished your work. Building custom furniture was simply the next step in a natural progression for me. It is here that everything I have learned in the past has come into play: the precision of gunsmithing, the creativity and ability to think outside the box as an engineer, the desire to build things that will withstand the test of time as a restoration contractor, and the appreciation of beautiful wood from the natural world around us.
As a fine furniture and cabinet maker, exclusively since 2000, I have had the pleasure of building many reproduction pieces as well as designing many of my own. My own style seems to follow a more traditional approach, somewhat Shaker but with a bit more flair; relying on proportion, balance and just the right wood to carry the piece. My work is not limited to only furniture, I have done many kitchens, private libraries and media centers.
I have been a a member of The Guild of New Hampshire woodworkers since 1991, League of NH Craftsmen since 2002, and the New Hampshire Furniture Masters since 2007. I have written several articles for Fine Woodworking Magazine, and the Guild of NH woodworkers “The Journal”. My work has been shown in “Fine Woodworking magazine”, “The journal” and “Woodshop News”. I also have work on permanent exhibit in the “Uncle Sam museum” in Sanoma CA.