I’m an engineer by degree, and an artist/craftsperson at heart. My engineering education was at Carnegie Mellon University, and my artistic education has been an ongoing proposition, including a one-year apprenticeship with noted furniture designer Jeffrey Greene. I think this combination provides a good base for creating furniture that is not only aesthetically interesting, but is also functional and has structural integrity. I love the whole process – sketching a concept, working out the design details, and bringing the piece to life in the shop.
My design interests generally lie in creating pieces with simple, straightforward lines. I prefer working with North American hardwoods such as black walnut, cherry, and figured maple, usually saving imported exotics for details and accents. Stone, glass, and other materials also find their way into my designs. I feel very fortunate to live in this area, which has a rich artistic tradition and a thriving community of artisans. The result is an environment that provides a constant source of inspiration for design and quality craftsmanship.