I grew up in Vermont, where I spent my free time outside searching for birds. 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 to study Natural History in 2010.
At Evergreen I found my way to the woodshop and began working with Madeline Morgan, who focused me on handwork, and with whom I explored tool making, instrument making, Japanese joinery, furniture making, design and philosophy 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.
My interest in woodworking and craft centers on functional objects, and is tied to ideas of dignity, autonomy, and beauty.