I grew up in Maine. My early years were spent helping my father, a carpenter, on camps and other building projects. Those few years planted the woodworking seed in me. During college I spent a summer at the county fairgrounds working on barns and other structures and knew someday I would work with wood.
After college, I moved to Seattle and spent many years in the financial / corporate world. Homeowner remodeling and upkeep projects kept me in touch with wood and building. I also took several classes at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking with Jim Tolpin and spent a year of Sundays learning carving with Walter Henderson on Orcas Island. An avid cross-country skier and certified PSIA instructor, I enjoyed teaching skiing and biathlon.
In 2014, I finally had enough of Wall Street and moved to Port Townsend to attend the Northwest School of Wooden Boat-building. After a year there, I graduated with an Associate Degree in Traditional Small Craft and Repair and Restoration.
I began work at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking the day after graduating from the NW School of Wooden Boat-building which confirmed right away that woodworking and teaching are much more fun than spreadsheet and portfolios. I look forward to introducing people to hand tool skills and refining existing techniques.