I am a Lutheran pastor and a life long woodworker. In my free time I make things out of wood, especially Scandinavian woodcarvings, 17th Century style carved boxes, and authentic handmade wooden chairs in the Shaker and Windsor tradition. My wife, Barb, is a teacher and also a woodworker and she makes beautiful pens on her lathe. Our website got part of its name, Black SwampWindsors, from the area where we spent our early years. Thanks for checking out our website.
Carving a Chair Crest
My chairs are solidly built, one at a time in my shop, with attention to details. I build them like they were made over 200 years ago. I learned how to do this from the best chairmakers.
Philadelphia High Back Windsor Chair
I often include various styles of woodcarving into my furniture. This updated website provides a portfolio of my work and gives examples of other furniture and carvings I've done over the years. If you see something you like, please send me an email.
I regularly use many hand tools when I build chairs and other furniture. Using hand tools is an important part of the tradition of craftsmanship evident in period furniture pieces. I utilize traditional construction methods, as much as possible, so that my furniture can be an authentic reproductions right down to the tool marks and finish.
I love to teach about woodworking and woodcarving and I often wear period costumes, as an artisan, at historic sites. Those sites include Eastern North Dakota, Northwestern Ohio, Northeastern Indiana, and in Upstate New York. My wife, Barb, often accompanies me at those events. One event involved taking part in the 200th Anniversary of the First Seige 1813-2013 at Fort Meigs. The event involved a major re-enactment of a War of 1812 battle and thousands of people turned out.