My early woodworking education was in 18th century cabinetmaking, the skills for which I acquired--most importantly-- from over 30 years at the bench, with chisel in hand, and through the tutelage and personal friendship of Franklin H. Gottshall, the nationally recognized woodworking authority, author, and furniture designer for Wallace Nutting. All work in the early decades was done exclusively with 18th century tools, many of which are used in our workshops today.
 
     Authenticity in 18th century techniques was researched extensively at the Smithsonian, Colonial Williamsburg, Wnterthur, and at antique dealerships such as that of David Stockwell in Wilmington, Delaware. Interestingly, important sources of information were found at the Library of Congress in 18th and early 19th century books from collections such as those of Thomas Jefferson.
 
     From these years of 18th century cabinetmaking came the Chippendale influence found in many of our looking-glass frames.
 
     Sculpture, in which I am largely self-taught, emerged as the creative expression of a feeling for shape and form and woodworking skills eager for originality. In this I was helped by the instruction and encouragement of Ibor Courson, the well-known bird carver, and by studies at the National Gallery of Art and the British Museum.
 
     Early on, I was blessed by the moral support and daring patronage of people willing to invest in my work. Among these was Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who visited my workshop and commissioned a piece for her Gettysburg farmhouse, now the Eisenhower National Historic Site.
 
    Begun as an exercise in creativity, sculptural design and creation evolved over a period of three decades into the collection we now offer to our clientele--every piece receiving the many hours of hand chiseled work and hand rubbed finishing that make each sculpture distinctly different from every other.


~Photograph of Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower by permission of the Gerttysburg Times~