I’ve worked with wood longer than I’ve worked with any other material. My father and grandfathers were woodworkers, carpenters and stonemasons. Growing up in the plains of Nebraska, I was surrounded by a culture of self sufficiency where being able to make what you needed was a significant asset, if not a necessity for survival.

Most of my wood working is functional. I guess it’s in my nature to see a need and say “I could build a ____ to fit there and serve _______ purpose. As a result most of my pieces are furniture, shelves,

My father, at 92, still regularly goes to his workshop to build cedar chests, tables and other pieces. I can only hope to have the stamina and creative spirit to do the same.