My interest in furniture design was s sparked almost immediately after moving
to Taos, NM in the fall of 1993. As I attempted to furnish my home (a trailer
in the foot hills of the Sangre de Christo mountains) I became intrigued by
the scraps of wood I was burning for heat.
Intrigued by their random shapes and natural forms I began to construct simple
artistic pieces of furniture for all areas of my house.
Beginning with only the most basic tools, a Swiss army knife and a hammer, set
me on a path of creativity and resourcefulness that I value to this day.
In the years that followed I was lucky to begin building store fixtures for my
employer, Taos Mountain Outfitters. Not long after that, I began to receive
commissions to build pieces for other peoples homes, and that continues as
As I developed a sharper awareness of furniture design and my own style began
to emerge, I discovered other designers and the passions we share. My work is
influenced by the work of Nakashima Krenov and Maloof as each craftsmans sense
of proportion and their attention to the woods natural flow to create
a beautiful functional object.
Being largely self taught in both design and construction, my style
is always evolving. As it continues to to move forward, it echos the work of
the Shakers, but with a Modern elegance and Japanese sensibility.
I work primarily with American hardwoods, such as Walnut Maple Cherry and Ash
from sustainably harvested forests. I also use small quantities of Wenge
(When-gee) a dark brown African wood for handles and drawer pulls. The wood I
thoughtfully select for each project is done so for consistent color as well
as dramatic grain patterns.