While working in the Bouckville, NY antique community for several years I developed an appreciation for fine furniture that could last for years. It's a testament to a craftsman to have his furniture not only withstand the rigors of daily life (read kids and pets) but to be able to be handed down to future generations. I had already seen a lot of work that had lasted the test of time but had also observed many of the furnishings that weren't up to the challenge of the ages.

The most durable furniture had similar characteristics, mortise and tenon joinery, dovetails, premium grades of solid wood, and a finish capable of keeping out detrimental moisture. I went about learning every thing I could about wood, wood joints and construction methods. This led me to SUNY Delhi where I rounded out my skills and knowledge before going to work in the commercial world.

Ten years in a commercial woodshop and you can forget more cool things you built than you can remember. What started out as melamine kitchens rapidly progressed to all aspects of hospital cabinetry, hospitality casework, architectural millwork, and custom interiors. What a long road back to my fathers old dairy barn where I set up shop to produce chairs and furniture.