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I am a craftsman. I worked 26 years as a finishing carpenter but my true passion is making things that fit my home and personality. My wife and I live on a small farm in Georgetown,PA. It is a small rural community in western PA.,near the northern panhandle of West Virginia. This is where I work on my items for my store and my wife takes care of our horses. The picture you see on my store front is that of my horse Fire. As I've said with each of my listings,everything I make is made to be useful and practical. It is made to be used and hopefully passed down for generations. It was my wife who encourged my woodworking by asking me to build the things that would fit our country style home. She would see something she liked and I would build it to have that folk or early american style. Some things I built with one purpose in mind (like my shadow box) and my wife decided it served a better purpose somewhere else. It is by others seeing…

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  • Joined July 10, 2009

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I am a craftsman. I worked 26 years as a finishing carpenter but my true passion is making things that fit my home and personality. My wife and I live on a small farm in Georgetown,PA. It is a small rural community in western PA.,near the northern panhandle of West Virginia. This is where I work on my items for my store and my wife takes care of our horses. The picture you see on my store front is that of my horse Fire. As I've said with each of my listings,everything I make is made to be useful and practical. It is made to be used and hopefully passed down for generations. It was my wife who encourged my woodworking by asking me to build the things that would fit our country style home. She would see something she liked and I would build it to have that folk or early american style. Some things I built with one purpose in mind (like my shadow box) and my wife decided it served a better purpose somewhere else. It is by others seeing and buying my work that this store was created. Everything I make I make as the craftsmen of old did. I prefer hand-cut dovetail joints and through mortise and tenon joinery. I like the old look and the exposed joinery; to me it just adds its own character to each of the pieces. In some applications I do use fastners as long as they are traditional. If I use nails I use the cut nails that they used back at least a hundred years ago. All of my pieces are of a small to medium size. In the early frontier home furnishings were limited but boxes and shelves were proudly displayed on the wall or mantle and sometimes even stacked on top of another box. They were all made for a purpose. I like to think that I am carrying on that frontier spirit and tradition of practical things.

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