Building furniture and decorative objects that are elegant and imaginative, sophisticated yet playful is my goal. I often collaborate with my wife Kim under the name Random Orbit Studio. Though wood is my primary medium, I enjoy experimenting with unusual materials, woods, and decorative techniques to convey an unexpected elegance. Teaching provides a wonderful opportunity to share this passion with a wider audience.
While finely crafted, my work emphasizes form, color, and visual texture over joinery and traditional wood grains. Some pieces incorporate recycled or found objects, creating a fresh work with a new use. I frequently shape wood with a lathe, as well as a variety of hand and power tools. Many pieces receive milk paint, a rich colorant that reveals much of the worked qualities and textures of wood. The interaction between these elements gives the work its subtle intrigue.
I currently teach and co-direct the Fine Woodworking program at Santa Fe Community College and run a wood studio in Los Lunas, NM. I graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with an MFA in Furniture Design in 1992. I also have a BA in History from Wesleyan University. My work has appeared in many books and periodicals including, The Meaning of Craft, Wood Art Today 2, The Artful Home, The Fine Art of the Tin Can as well as Fine Woodworking and American Craft magazines. My pieces have been exhibited in numerous museum shows and many galleries and are included in the collection of the Museum of International Folk Art, as well as private collections.