When I was four my Dad, an architect, began building furniture, most of which survives today. I watched and assisted. As I grew up I realized how fulfilling it was to create something that had lasting value. In addition, I realized that value was related to design, technique, and detail.
After graduation in 1961 from St. John's College, I became a teacher at a salary that would not support my wife, my son and me. It was impossible to purchase anything of lasting value, so I began to make my own furniture. This was on an as needs basis since teaching is a very full time job. However, having a vision gained from my fathers work, I was able to create items which were satisfactory at the time.
Over the years my expertise increased and I was able to improve the quality of the end product. Now that I have retired, I am able to devote full time to the design and fabrication of wood furniture art. Recently I have been intrigued with the design of lamps and how they relate to a particular situation. It seemed to me that one could incorporate good design with local interest to produce a unique and lasting object with practical as well as aesthetic value. For that reason, I began concentrating on creating lamps. Lamps are nothing without their shades. To complete the design and detail, I began to make shades to go with the lamps. Today I design and make many other objects as well. To see some of these designs, go to the links at the bottom of the page.
I have chosen wood as my medium because it remains alive even after being cut from a forest and fashioned into an object. It is always distinguished from other mediums and is never mistaken for them. There is a distinct difference between something made from clay, or iron, or plastic and wood. It is its “aliveness” which creates that distinction. Yet every species of wood has a different characteristic that allows one to take the same design and create a different object. A pine chest is not the same as a cedar chest even though every design element is the same.