Born and raised in San Jose, California, I was introduced into woodcraft at a young age by helping my father with some projects in garage. One of the first tests of my budding skills was building a downhill derby car. Fast forward many years and I dedicated my time to cabinet making and woodworking at a local occupational center, learning to be more proficient in hand and power tools. After graduating, I landed a coveted job at a custom cabinetry shop, where I was given the best tool possible: a key to the shop. Staying after hours is where my creativity soared and I started making my own cabinets, butcher blocks, electric guitars, a butcher block electric guitar (it was very heavy), and more.
I love dogs, the ocean, music, art, and learning new things. In recent years, I have been taking fire science classes at a local college and working as an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) for Santa Clara County. On my off time, woodworking has been my outlet to express my creativity and unwind from the stresses of the job. Currently I am working on being able to take my love for woodworking and make it into a living.
My shop is a small (but efficient) one that takes up half of a two car garage. Luck and a keen eye bring me most of my source lumber these days. I am always on the lookout for fallen trees, with an ear for chainsaws in the neighborhood. As a result, my pieces are made with as much local wood as possible. I bring new life to fallen trees which would normally be scrapped or cut up as firewood. This process usually starts with a log that I cut into manageable pieces with a chainsaw, mill further with a bandsaw, and store the lumber to dry for future projects. I really enjoy being able to hand pick things that I think will be unique and have character. I love that I have the ability to be creative, with my hands and I hope that others will see that within my work.