I’ve been working with wood for almost 5 decades. My father was a cabinet maker, trained in Germany, and I was in and out of the shop since age 12. I had 4 years of woodworking in High School, then went off to the University of Maine for a degree in Forestry and Wildlife. Along the way I also picked up courses in photography, wood technology, and drafting, .
Over the years I’ve worked in a variety of shops making furniture, as well as architectural and commercial wood work, such as stairs, moldings, windows, turnings, built-ins and a vast assortment of custom pieces.
In 1973 I chanced upon a Shaker exhibit at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC. Having grown up with Scandinavian furniture, the Shaker designs struck a chord. Since returning to Maine in the mid ’70’s, I’ve been privileged to do restoration work for the last Shaker community at Sabbathday Lake.
In 1984 I opened my own shop here in New Gloucester, ME, concentrating on functional, meticulously crafted cherry furniture. Since that time I’ve built almost 900 pieces for just under 200 discriminating clients who value exacting workmanship and appreciate the handmade, created to meet their specific needs. My work is sought by perceptive collectors throughout the U. S., Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Germany and England.
Since 1988 I’ve been a contributing editor to Fine Woodworking magazine. Also the author of The Shaker Legacy ( Taunton Press 1998), and With the Grain: A Craftsman’s Guide to Understanding Wood (Lost art Press, 2015).
Should you have any questions about a piece built just for you, please get in touch, or make an appointment for a consultation at my shop and showroom.