The Woodworking Artist
I began my woodworking by making and selling wooden boomerangs in 1981 as an art student at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. Choosing the name Windwood to describe what I did “I made wood sail on the wind.” After gaining my degree in Fine Arts as a sculptor and animated film maker I started what would be an eight year career as a custom picture framer.
The shop I settled into had every woodworking tool I could think of available and I learned to use them all skillfully within a few years. I worked with a master finisher at the time who became my mentor teaching me skills, integrity and ingenuity in working with wood. After 7 great years at the same job I began to get restless and looked back at my art and sculpture education to inspire my next endeavor, “Windwood Enterprises,” a custom woodworking studio.
I designed and built unique mirror frames, sculpture and custom built furniture. Eventually I expanded my capabilities by purchasing a CNC or computer controlled router system. This opened up many new avenues for me and although I intended to use the new equipment for artistic endeavors, necessity called for it to be used in more practical applications. After 5 years of mundane commercial woodworking (with the occasional custom handcrafted furniture piece to keep me motivated), I decided it was time to get back to my roots as an artist.