I never cease to enjoy the rich colors and contrasting grains that exist in real wood, and enjoy seeing the surprise when others realize that these are the natural colors. Wood is an underappreciated medium in our manufactured world, what with the cheap veneered furniture available in every superstore in the same three finishes. I take joy in converting a material that many might consider rustic or old fashioned into functional art that can fit into a modern home, and I particularly enjoy combining other mediums with solid hardwoods in novel but simple ways.
I grew up in upstate New York, with fond memories working in the shop and picking up woodworking foundations from my father. I always enjoyed working with my hands, having made furniture and small home decor first for myself, and I feel fortunate to have been able to turn this love into a profession.
I have a Masters and B.S. in Industrial Engineering and a B.S. in Computer Science from Cornell University, and when not working in my own shop, you can find me volunteering at a Habitat for Humanity site, or pursuing clean energy ideas. To learn more about my transition from the world of technology to the world of wood, check out this post.