I fell in love with woodworking when I was fourteen years old. My dad, a bricklayer, had already stirred my interest in woodwork he made for my sister. The Industrial Arts program in my high school and subsequent Industrial Arts Degree equipped me for the last 30 years in the profession. I like to see someone feel a piece I have made. Art furniture should not be a “hands off” object. Art furniture should possess a quality that invites the viewer to touch and feel it. I think it is a necessary part of the whole experience. When designing a piece of art furniture, I find that the things that influence me most are life experiences and other cultures I have been in. Having said that, I must say that masters like Mondrian, and Mackintosh, and movements like Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau have definitely had their effect.