About me…

I have wandered through the design, woodworking, and timber framing world for the past 30 years. I have had many roles – sculptor, studio assistant, furniture maker, timber framer, designer, marketer, and mover of heavy objects. 

A cold and wet bike trip through the Adirondacks, New York

I trained as a sculptor and designer at the Cleveland Institute of Art, participated in the New York Studio Program as an undergraduate, and returned to New York City to briefly study architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. I left graduate school to teach design at the Cleveland Institute of Art where my passion for woodworking was re-kindled.

While teaching design and managing a small woodworking shop I discovered a magical place called The Heartwood School where I studied with Will Beemer and fell in love with timber framing. From those summer classes at Heartwood I began my journey learning the craft. I started hand cutting frames in a small shop, then moved on to dismantling and repairing barns in eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland and Ohio, renovated my parent’s house, and while buying materials from Pioneer Millworks for one of my projects ended up getting interviewed for a position at New Energy Works. I then worked in a production shop – cutting frames with a CNC machine and working on raising crews. Eventually I moved into the design and engineering department before moving to Vermont to start my own consulting business.

Along the way I have worked in marketing, graphics, carpentry, woodworking, and as a studio assistant to artists. My passion is blending the sculptural elements of design with woodworking and heavy timber construction.

A family hike in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Originally from the midwest I lived and worked in New England before settling in Vermont where I met my wife and started a family. In 2019 we had the opportunity to relocate the family to Zürich, Switzerland. We live outside of Zürich and our family is learning German and working on integrating with our community. We play in the mountains when we can – I continue to make landscape photographs and have started paragliding.

Taken by a friend just after landing my paraglider in Küssnacht, Switzerland.

I maintain my relationships with my US friends and clients pushing pixels as an independent designer and consultant. My clients range from homeowners, small timber frame craftsmen, large timber frame shops, architects, engineers, and small businesses.

The Matterhorn in the Clouds, Zermatt, Switzerland

I work hard to build and maintain relationships through my work. What often starts as a ‘project’ can turn into a lifetime relationship as a client, colleague and friend. If you value relationships, attention to detail, and how all the pieces fit together – please read more about me, have a look at my services to see if I may be of help to you, your team, or your project, read about what clients and colleagues have to say about working with me, and feel free to reach out to contact me.