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I'm a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated from Yale University in 1987, one year ahead of my wife, Kim. After college, I played semi-professional football in England, then worked as a newspaper reporter in Virginia and Georgia before giving into the dream I've always had: building furniture.

I took a near-minimum-wage job with a third-generation furniture maker in Atlanta for a couple of years, learning the machines and the wood processing sequence. I was hooked.

My real learning in fine furniture making came in classes at the North Bennett Street School in Boston, Massachusetts and during three years in a cooperative shop there. During that time I developed an array of woodworking and design skills that give me the ability to make almost anything from wood. My designs are original, though they are derived mostly from the Shaker and Mission styles.

In January 2002, I moved my shop from Boston to Quechee, Vermont. Kim and I live in nearby Woodstock, Vermont. When not in the shop, I enjoy reading, hiking, listening to live music, gardening, and building stone walls.

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