About Me

With a degree in Visual Design and advanced studies in Music Industry, my path to woodturning and basketry may not at first seem a logical progression. Ok, maybe not even after several attempts at trying to figure it out. What can I say, I’m an enigma.

My parents have always been creative people. My mother, an early childhood school psychologist began to make baskets and Nantucket Baskets in particular when I was still in school. My father, a cabinetmaker, builder, made her first moulds, bases and other sundries needed for Nantucket Baskets. I was off in school, playing music professionally and generally having a good time trying to figure out what I was going to be if I grew up.

Design seemed to me to be a lot more about wearing a tie and less about creativity (At least at the level I was at), and Music which had always been my biggest passion, took me down a different path. Alas, a serious injury to my left hand derailed my plans of remaining a happily itinerant musician, so I decided to throw caution to the wind and live life on the edge.

I got a day job.

About the best thing I can say about that job was that through it I met my wife. She graciously allows me to do what I do even when neither of us can quite figure out what it is that I do when I do it. She also introduced me to the wonderful world wide web and after much hard work, study and many hours of beating my forehead against my desk I ended up doing a fair bit of work as a website designer, finally finding a use for that afore-mentioned degree in Design.

Anyway… Dad retired (actually, he already WAS retired so let’s just say he no longer wished to do the woodworking for my mother’s business, Basketry, Etc.) and I took over that aspect of things for him. Along the way I’d learned how to make Nantucket Baskets, helped teach some of the basketry classes and decided that I liked the craft.

While I’d been using a lathe to turn round bases and moulds from the beginning, I’d never explored the more artistic aspects of turning. Once that floodgate was opened I had to start thinking of a new way to incorporate this new found passion (Ok, ok… Obsession…). When I created the first of the Nantucket Turnings I knew I’d stumbled onto something.

Where it leads from here is anyone’s guess but I think I finally know what it is that i do. I just don’t know what to call it. 😉