I grew up in central Kentucky in the Forkland community which isn't even on the map, but our mail came from Parksville. I attended Boyle County High School where I got my first experience in woodworking. My first project in shop class was a cherry mantel clock. My grandmother was very amazed with what I had built and had to show everyone, my mom still has that clock. I then built a clock for my grandmother out of the only wood I had available, sassafras; my mom has that clock also. I attended Eastern Kentucky University were i earned a degree in Manufacturing Technology. I earned money as an assistant in the craft lab; I was able to use the tools for my own projects. The only noteworthy project I created in that shop was a telecaster guitar. Upon graduation, I was employed by William Tell Woodcrafters/ Swiss Plywood in Tell City, Indiana as an assistant engineer. This was where I gained valuable furniture construction experience. We were a contract furniture company that built the high end cabinets for Lowery Organ and Hammond Organ Co. I have also worked on projects with Old Hickory Furniture for the Wilderness Trace Hotel at Walt Disney. For 10 years, I had the perfect shop at my disposal, the best equipment including numerous CNC routers. I built tons of furniture for my own house during this period. Unfortunately, at the end of 2008, Swiss Plywood closed the plant. My last project at Swiss was a dining room table (without chairs). Over the next three years I worked for Casebolt Construction building cabinets and countertops. My next job I became a salesman for a woodworking tooling company. This experience put me in a lot of different kinds of woodworking plants and shops which led me to Berea Kentucky. This is the first time that I saw woodworking as an art form, It really inspired me, really got me thinking about my abilities. Shortly thereafter, I accepted a job for Diamond Billiards to build their billiards chairs. For the first time in 20 years I didn't have a shop at my disposal; time to build MY shop. Once I completed the billiards chair order, I thought it was about time to build those dining chairs I was missing. I was accepted into the Indiana Artisan in January 2014 and now I'm writing the next chapter in my life.