About Our Art
In today’s high tech world, I find it refreshing to sit at my work bench, pick up a hand tool, a piece of lovely wood and make something that will last many lifetimes. Making Windsor chairs, boxes and bowls that can be used and enjoyed every day for generations gives me a great feeling of satisfaction. Teaching others to work with wood is especially rewarding.
After a long career working with computers and teaching, I rediscovered woodworking. I decided to go from high tech to low tech by working with wood using hand tools. I have enjoyed antiques for years, and after seeing a craftsman make a chair from a log, I decided I had to try it. My chairs are historically correct examples of milk painted Windsor chairs made as they were 200 years ago. I also use a natural finish on some of my chairs which allows the beauty of the wood to speak as boldly as the design.
I designed my own adaptation of the Windsor Continuous Arm Settee, and it received a Blue Ribbon – Best of Show at the 2011 St. Charles County Fair and recognition at the St. Louis Woodworking and DIY Show.
My years of experience in teaching computers has now moved to teaching chair making along with giving many demonstrations at festivals and clubs. I teach regularly scheduled chair making classes and derive enjoyment from introducing others to working with wood. It is a great sense of accomplishment for my students and me when they take a completed chair home with them. During demonstrations, I like to draw people into the experience by allowing them to use a hand tool for some hands on learning.
In addition to Windsor furniture, I make heirloom boxes, bowls and tables among other things. I enjoy using wood with historical significance to make keepsakes that will be cherished for generations.
Memberships in The St. Louis Woodworkers Guild, The Wood Turners Club of St. Louis, International Wood Collectors Society, and the Society of American Period Furniture Makers afford me the opportunity to learn and share with others.