I grew up in Vermont, where I spent my free time exploring the woods and fields around my house. After high school I spent a few years working odd jobs and traveling in Central and South America, finally deciding to enroll at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington to study Natural History in 2010.
At Evergreen I found my way to the woodshop and began working with Don Jensen and Madeline Morgan, who focused me on handwork, and with whom I explored tool making, lutherie, furniture making and design over several years.
In 2017 I began a residency at the Arbutus Folk School in downtown Olympia, where I studied the techniques employed in Windsor chairmaking, and adapted them to the tools and materials available to me. In 2019 I apprenticed with Curtis Buchanan, a Windsor chairmaker in Jonesborough, Tennessee.
I’m currently an artist-in-residence at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN where I focus on green wood Windsor and ladder-back chairmaking.
My interest in woodworking and craft centers on functional objects, and is tied to ideas of dignity, autonomy, and beauty.