Hello, and thank you for visiting my humble site. A little about me: I am a woodworker, homesteader, and amateur forester, and have lived on 33 wooded acres in central New York since 2003. My work with wood stems from a childhood fascination with trees and forests, and has evolved along with efforts to practice and demonstrate low-tech, low-impact, sustainable woodland management on my own land. Accordingly, near all of the furniture, cabinetry, and other woodwork I produce utilizes lumber from the forests that surround me, often from trees felled in my own woodlot.
As a self-taught woodworker, I have been influenced by a great number of craftspeople and woodworking styles, and by the incredible wealth of skills and design left to us by countless generations of workers of wood around the world, but ultimately my most profound influence is always the wood itself, as the unique characteristics of each log or board—colors, grain patterning, knots, wounds, decay, or other ‘defects’— ultimately dictate my approach to each piece. Philosophically, my aim is to create with wood in as holistic a manner as possible, from standing tree to finished product. While machinery serves an integral role in my woodworking shop, my dovetails are hand-cut, and much of the shaping of wood is done with hand tools; whenever possible, surfaces are hand-planed to reveal a deep, natural luster often obscured in mass-produced furniture.
In combining traditional handcraft with unique, carefully selected and matched lumber, my work aims to reflect a balance between mind and nature, and a quiet integrity, with a minimally adorned, natural presence and character. Most often, I utilize natural, non-toxic linseed oil and beeswax in wood finishing, which enhance the visual beauty of the wood, and offer protection without obscuring its tactile qualities. When certain pieces call for more protection, such as tabletops, my finish of choice is hand-applied polyurethane—many thin coats that build to a low-luster sheen.
I am happy to discuss possibilities for custom work, answer any questions you may have, or engage in dialogue with regard to all of the above. Please feel free to contact me. You can follow the link to my Etsy shop in the ‘Contact’ section if you would like to see some work that is currently available. Additionally, feel free to read or subscribe to my blog for periodic musings on woodworking, forestry, homesteading, Buddhism, ecology, and other assorted topics.