Coming out of college as a studio art major in 1997, I spent a few years trying to make a go of it as an artist. I quickly tired of peddling my paintings to galleries and started to think about a plan B. Woodworking seemed like a natural way for me to continue to be creative while selling something more functional.
At the end of a two week intro to woodworking summer class at the Rhode Island School of Design the teacher asked me if I would come work in his cabinetmaking shop. That winter I took a twelve week intensive course at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. Studying and working in a hands on environment for twelve to fourteen hours a day, 7 days a week for three months gave me the confidence and basic skills to start my own business.
Over the next few years I apprenticed with a boat builder, a furniture maker and a carpenter while I slowly acquired tools and built up my own shop. Sixteen years on I have built hundreds of projects ranging from beds and tables to entertainment centers and shoji (sliding Japanese doors). I have a well outfitted studio in an old textile mill in Peace Dale, Rhode Island. I generally work alone using a combination of centuries old hand techniques and modern machinery.