Many Inspirations, One Direction
I find my inspiration in many places. I find inspiration in studying the work of others, in the furniture that came out of the Arts & Crafts movement, and the understated simplicity of design of the Shakers. I also find inspiration in family. I am often told I am very much like my father – I take that as a compliment! Yep, I can be stubborn and opinionated, but I also have his dedication and empathy. Much of what I know about woodworking came from working with him and observing his work.
I also believe in small town values and honesty. Although I have spent many years doing the woodworking I love, my talent and skill is not without limit. If your request for custom work is a challenge, I am not afraid to take it on. However, if it is something that is way above my pay grade I am not afraid, or too proud, to tell you. I would rather pass on a job that is beyond my or my shop’s ability than to turn out a project of which I cannot be proud.