I am a
native of Kansas, raised on small NE Kansas farm, served in U.S. Army in
Germany and a veteran of Viet-Nam. Met my wife of 35 years in
Wichita, Kansas, and we have two grown daughters and four extra special
grandchildren. Spent 15 years selling building materials as a
wholesaler, jobber, contractor salesman, and also selling pre-engineered steel
I have been around a lot
of residential and light commercial construction but I know no one who
knows it all, we all learn as we go. Built ourselves one of the first bermed earth homes
in Cowley County, during our "mother earth period," which
worked well with a wood stove as the only heat source and no AC.
In 1981 I decided to
find something to call my own and moved my family to North Bennington,
Vermont where I attended Ian Kirby's Fine Woodworking & Design Studio.
We returned to Kansas and in 1985 someone offered me a commission; I
haven't looked back. I have worked as a one man shop for the past
20 years and plan to keep it that way.
Fine furniture elves make
very little money (we work for cookies) but my wife has been very
supportive of me and together we raised our two daughters and are enjoying a wonderful
and full life. In addition to the Flint Hills, I love bicycling,
ridden 35,000 miles in the last 10 years, and photography which I
abandoned for a time but have taken back up to join in on the
digital revolution. I find great satisfaction in really trying to
see. I work very hard at being an upright human being who takes
his world citizenship very seriously: all of this with very measured and
limited success. I expect to be designing, building, and repairing
furniture for many years to come, but it's kinda odd to be one of the last elves
Please call and let's
I have just set
up an online gallery for some of my photos. It'll take time
to get what I want and to work some themes I would like to
follow. I'll be changing and adding on an on-going basis so
check back if interested and email me your shots and
lets share what we saw.
and feel free to
make comments, good or bad. You may also want to take some
time and look at the pbase site, there are hundreds of
galleries and most will take your breath away... have fun!
If I were to
pick a statement that I would like to live up to, it is the
"It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own
country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The
earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens."
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