I've always worked with a variety of materials.  In high school, I spent two years as an apprentice to potters.  After high school, I apprenticed and worked part time making shoes in a cobbler's shop in Oakland CA, while taking woodworking and furniture design classes at Laney College for a year and at the California College of Arts and Crafts for two years.
In 1983, I entered an intensive year of training with James Krenov at College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program in Fort Bragg CA.  My time there completely changed my approach to working with materials:  sharp steel on wood, a love of wood, and great care in approach.  I then moved to New England, where I worked for a third generation old-school Maine carpenter named Myron (everything was level, plumb, straight, and square) for a year, and then attended the Program in Artistry at the Swain School of Design with Alphonse Mattia for a year.  In 1986, I was a resident at Leeds Design Workshop at One Cottage Street in Easthampton, Massachusetts for three years, working for and around David Powell, who had apprenticed at Edward Barnsley's shop in the 1950's.
Currently, I'm building a mix of furniture, cabinets, small boats, and other people's sculpture/fine art projects, all of which incorporate the many types of materials I've worked with over the years.  Since 1989, I've had a studio at One Cottage Street.  My studio is in this old mill building with approximately 70 studios for other artists, including bookbinders, painters, potters, etc., continuing my exposure to lots of tools, materials, and ideas.  Fun fun fun.

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