From a young age, I was always drawn to making things. My dad was an amateur woodworker, and my mom sewed, so my inclination for making came from both sides. Being a Sierra Club member in high school, I developed a love for the outdoors, which led me to develop a small-scale sewing business, making backpacking equipment and climbing gear. As I developed an interest in woodworking, I added tool cases to my product line, and my clients included retailers Smith & Hawken and The Japan Woodworker.
This fascination with nature led me to earn a degree in Ecology and Systematic Biology, though I eventually realized that I didn’t want to do it as a career. Through a friend, I heard about San Francisco State University’s industrial arts program and started taking classes with John Kassey, author of The Book of Shaker Furniture and The Book of American Windsor Furniture. I thought about teaching, but I didn’t feel I knew enough about woodworking to teach it. Instead, John recommended that I develop my skills by applying to the Cabinet and Furniture Making program at The North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA.
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November - December 2019