Short version........ I was born in Berea, Kentucky and have lived here all my life except for the nearly nine years I spent with Uncle Sam (Army).
I didn't do very well in shop class while in high school but I've always enjoyed building things and working with my hands. Until I was about 40, most of my time was spent with things mechanical like cars, welding, metalworking, drag racing, Kart racing, (anything to make noise and go fast).
Then my father and brother took some evening classes at Berea College, the Westervelt Program, and brought home a very nice cherry table and bench. I was very impressed with what they did and wanted to do the same. My first project was a Dulcimer and I immediately discovered I wasn't satisfied with just doing the basics. I wanted mother of pearl fret markings and rosewood inlays and figured wood. I took several of the Westervelt classes and progressed from Dulcimers to a Celtic Harp to a Hammer Dulcimer to clocks and tables. Then my father bought a lathe and I was hooked on turning.
After a few years of this our house is full of things I've made and my family's houses are full of things I've made and I didn't want to stop. So I presented my pens and bowls to the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen and was accepted into the Guild. Now I'm starting to sell a few of my pieces here and there. The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea has some of my pens and I do an occasional local art show.