was born in City Island, NY in 1953. My father was a shop
teacher, and a very gifted craftsman. I was always surrounded
by furniture that he had made, and came to appreciate
the quality and attention to detail to be found in his
work. My mother was a full time mom, who provided a great
environment to grow up in. While I was still very young
my father decided to try his hand in business. He bought
a ship yard, always a dream of his, and dove into his
new job with much enthusiasm. Living on an island and
having a father, who owned a ship yard, made for a wonderful
childhood. I spent a great part of my childhood years
fishing and boating. After many years at the ship yard
we moved to Connecticut and my father went back to teaching.
My parents always made time for my sisters and I, and
I couldn’t ask for a better childhood.
While I always appreciated fine woodworking I was more
involved with art, music. And even though my father was
a shop teacher, I only took shop one semester in junior
high school. I dabble in photography, and build custom
fishing rods. I build computers, and design web sites,
although I currently don’t have one my self.
After high school, I went on to collage studying marine
biology. Then it was off to work. I now own a small business
out on the eastern end of long island in New York.
In October of 2002 I received a call from my father inviting
me to go to Yale University art gallery. On display at
that time was a show called "Woodturning in North
America since 1930". For my first introduction to
woodturnig I was exposed to the work of Ed Moulthrup,
Jack Straka, Alan Stirt, David Elswoth, Dell Stubbs, Dale
Nish, Rude Osolnik, John Jordon, Jerry Glaser, and many,
many, many more. My head was spinning by the time I left
that show. By January of 2003 I had my first lathe, an
inexpensive machine from harbor freight. I gave that first
lathe after six month, to someone just starting out, and
bought a much better one, that I can grow with. I also
have a small lathe to teach on. I am now entering my third
year of woodturning. Back in 2003 I had no idea that seeing
that show would have such an impact on my life. Thanks
I am essentially self taught. I have been greatly influenced
by the many great turners that so generously share there
work and knowledge, at symposiums and on the internet.
Great sites like Woodturners Resource, Wow and Wood Central,
have been invaluable to my turning career. I haven’t
found what you might call my signature style yet. I am
not sure that I want specialize at this time. I enjoy
the diversity, and each piece is a new challenge. I love
the problem solving. I get a real kick out of discovering
ways to overcome design problems.