Woodworking has been my hobby for years and I have decided to sell my woodworking pieces. It is not my intention to make money for myself but rather to provide assistance to a charity.
My current charity is Mommy Sue’s Children,
a charity focused on helping a school for the children in Haiti.
When pricing my pieces, I have included all domestic shipping costs, the cost of the wood, finishing supplies, shop costs of electricity, tool sharpening and replacement as well as the charitable donation. My current expectation is that a third of the cost of each item purchased will be donated to a chosen charity.
In working both domestic and exotic woods I have made certain as far as I am able that they are sustainably sourced. All finishes I use are food safe, many of the items being finished with oils which can easily be renewed with a new application of an oil such as mineral, linseed or walnut. Special care instructions are included with each purchase.
I invite you to look through the gallery of various pieces and perhaps read about the woods of which they are made. I have also included a section of quotations which I have found interesting and often inspirational in the hope you might also enjoy them.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
I was born and raised on a diversified farm in North Dakota where we raised small grains, beef cattle, pigs and chickens. My first “job” started on my sixth birthday when my father said to me “You are six years old now so it is time you started doing some work around here”. That first job was to give feed to the milk cows and I learned early on that if I did not show up to do it my father would come to find me and see that I did my chore. That was probably my introductory lesson into responsibility and discipline.
After graduation from High School I attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, where I received my Bachelor of Music degree in 1968. Upon graduation I was drafted into the army and went through basic training in Ft. Lewis, WA, and advanced individual training as a Military Policeman at Ft. Gordon, GA. I was then assigned to the Military Police of the army’s 25th Division in Cu Chi, Vietnam.
Upon separation from the army I went to graduate school at the University of Iowa from which I received Master of Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. After nine years as Head of Voice and Opera at the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire, I resigned my tenured position and moved east to Philadelphia to pursue a singing career which I maintained for over 20 years. Then I began to focus on building a private voice studio, a profession I still maintain and enjoy.
I reside in Bryn Mawr, PA with my wife, Heidi Hayes. Our son Nicholas is a chemical engineer working with a chemical company in the Chicago area and my daughter, Kirsten, and her husband John Brandt, live in Minnesota and have three daughters, Madison, Grace and MacKenzie.
Skill is doing things so well they seem simple.
Want to learn more about the types of Wood used?
Richard at his shop in
Bryn Mawr, PA.
I like this plane more than I like most people.
If you think I’m joking, you’re one of those