BORN: Flint Michigan May 2, 1943|
My story really begins when I was awarded a Model Maker apprenticeship at A C Spark Plug Division of General Motors. This occurred at the age of twenty,in the spring of 1963, and was the start of my desire to create. I developed skills working with my hands, operating machines and problem solving. The Model Shop, was a satellite operation of the product engineering function at A C Spark Plug. We provided prototype samples and supported test lab services for the engineering group.
After 12 years of, as we say, working on the bench, I accepted an offer to become a floor supervisor. During the following several years, I turned to woodworking as a home hobby. The activity allowed me to return to working with my hands, being creative, and served as a stress release for workplace pressures. My resume continued on to include Process Engineer and General Supervisor, all in the Model Shop.
My wife Judy and I married in 1964 and have successfully raised three children. Judy is my "go to person" when I need a second opinion. She is very creative in her own right.
My motivation to continue working with wood, is driven by a basic appreciation of the beauty provided by "Mother Nature." Because of this, I look for the most abstract pieces of wood for the focal point of my items, and use no stain or coloring. To see someone else appreciate the same beauty, provides a feeling of deep satisfaction.