I have an eclectic number of woodworking skills, including turning, carving, inlays, refinishing, antique restoration, veneer patching, and any aspect of woodworking craftsmanship that pertains to furniture (except upholstery). I've built over 3,000 pieces of furniture and restored a large number of antiques.
My work was featured in Fine Woodworking Magazine in 1992. I was in the 2017, 2016, and 2012 issue of American Art Collector. I appeared on Virginia Currents twice in 1993. I have been in half a dozen local newspaper articles. And I have a ceremonial table made from the historic McGuffey Ash tree that was planted by Thomas Jefferson on the UVA lawn.
I decided to become a woodworker because from a young age I've always enjoyed working with my hands. I found it's something quite riveting and satisfying. I started with building houses, but I knew that I wanted to take that kind of work to its most skilled form - furniture making. I then worked in cabinet shops and eventually I apprenticed for 10 years to a gifted elderly Irish woodworking craftsman who taught me a lot of "old world" methodologies and techniques.
When I'm working on a piece, I like to have the grains and coloration of the wood dominate the piece, rather than what I may have contrived. The patterns and colorations in the wood are what I like to keep as the focal point. I welcome the challenge to create my woodworking pieces in a myriad of aesthetic styles, from Shaker to ultra-modern.