For nearly two decades I have been making functional and decorative boxes from exotic and unique woods from around the world. I am an architect turned woodworker on a journey traveling from utility to art.
My journey through the world of fine woodworking evolved from the simple curiosity of making-building-creating things just to see how things work. As a child, tinker toys, erector sets, Lego sets and the like enamored me. I tinkered with everything from watches to automobiles. Always working with my hands. The hands are an extension of your mind-just as your eyes ears, and nose. They tell the principles of physics: mass, dimension and motion.
I excelled in math and science; my father told me I should be an engineer. One summer I worked for a world-renowned scientist; he said I should be a scientist. I chose architecture. In the context of my life experience, it was indeed a strange choice - no art background and not knowing anyone who did it. But the adventure took me around the world and introduced me to world-class wood craftsmen, and the hook was set.
I’ve gone from making things to save money, making them to suit my own needs and into the world where I do it for satisfaction. In this career I find that if I satisfy myself, then that works out pretty well with others.