My interest in woodworking began at a very early age. I grew up on Long Island where, after a harried week in Manhattan, my father would unwind on the weekends by teaching me woodworking in the basement workshop. In pursuing my love of wood, I enrolled in the Industrial Arts and Design program at Oswego State College in New York. Upon graduation I moved to southern Vermont where I supplemented my high school teaching salary by making and selling hand crafted, high quality furniture. Convinced that there was an appreciation and a market for my work, I left teaching in 1983 to pursue my dream full time.
Most of my work is inspired by Shaker, Mission and Arts and Crafts furniture, believing that simple, functional furniture crafted with quality materials, integrity and pride will yield a timeless piece that will be passed down from generation to generation. All pieces are made of solid hardwoods with cherry, walnut and figured maples being the woods of choice. I take great pride in the selection of the wood and the time-consuming placement and matching of the grains and color. This cumbersome task of hand selecting often allows me to use boards from the same tree to complete a piece. Traditional joinery is a major component... mortise & tenon, dovetails, sliding dovetails... joinery that hasn't changed since the 18th century. No two pieces are alike. While the dimensions may be identical, the characteristics of the wood are clearly distinguishable to the eye making each piece a one-of-a-kind work of art. This sort of "identity" is what sets my custom built furniture apart from all others.
My work is on display at my studio/showroom in Danby as well as the three Vermont State Craft Galleries and various art and craft shows throughout New England. I live with my wife, Cheryl and our two children, Emily and Matthew in Mount Tabor, Vermont where the "hands-on" testing of furniture takes place.