My early forefathers, as Smiths, pounded and shaped metal into tools and weapons. More recent ancestors turned to carpenter work after crossing the Atlantic and settled here in the new world. livelihoods as carpenters. Those Smiths transformed rough-hewn lumber into housing, cabinets, furniture, trim, and more as they moved westward from Virginia and Pennsylvania to Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri, and Kansas.
In my life, I worked as a school teacher, a principal, and later an economic development director. But throughout, my woodworking lineage called. Now, like my grandfather, great-grandfather, and ancestors before, I cut, shape, and create with wood. I joined that calling with my love of art and my recycling ethic. I now create pictures and art using wood and recycled wood as my canvas and medium.