|Born and raised in West Virginia, I learned carpentry skills at an early age by assisting my grandfather and father. At the age of 14 I rode my bicycle to my first paying job as a carpenter's helper during the summer months. I worked every summer with various builders until I took I full time job as a carpenter in 1975.
Although, in 1977, I began working in the chemical industry in research and development, woodworking continued to be a major part of my life. I set up a small shop in the basement of the first house I built in 1979. I have continued to expand since then.
In 1990 I joined the newly formed Valley Woodworkers of WV, Society of American Period Furniture Makers in 2005 and Mountaineer Woodturners in 2010. During this time frame I traveled the craft circuit in West Virginia for 3 years and sold gift items I made in my shop.
In 2009, after more than 32 years in the chemical industry, I left and obtained an Associate of Applied Science degree in Fine Woodworking from New River Community and Technical College in Lewisburg, WV.
In 2011 I obtained my business license to build furniture as well as teach woodworking. Utilizing a grant from the WV Commission on the Arts I built a wood drying kiln in 2012 and was also juried into Tamarack in Beckley, WV. I initiated a woodworking program and taught for a non-profit organization in the Kentucky prison system. Also in. I began demonstrating woodworking with hand tools at Heritage Farm and Village Museum in Huntington, WV in 2014. I began the Appalachian Heritage Woodshop project in 2017 and now share my love of furniture with others through video.
I am now able to enjoy the profession of custom designing and building furniture for specific clients, as well as, teaching woodworking to others.