A third generation woodworker, I began building furniture with my father long before my mother thought I should be allowed near a tablesaw. After attending Wofford College in South Carolina and working for five years as a literary editor at The Oxford American magazine, in Mississippi, I realized that I enjoyed the time I spent in my basement shop at least as much as the time I spent at my desk. I took a job as an editor at Fine Woodworking magazine, where I learned the craft from and edited the words of some of the country’s best furniture makers. After a seven year stint in Connecticut, I left my role as Managing Editor of Fine Woodworking and moved back south where, at least for me, the way people talk makes a little more sense, to focus on building furniture and writing about the craft. I now work from my backyard studio in Nashville, Tennessee. I am a member of The Furniture Society, the Tennessee Arts and Crafts Association and serve on the board of the Cumberland Furniture Guild. My original designs live in houses all over the country and have been exhibited at the Tennessee State Museum and the Knoxville Museum of Art.
Aside from building furniture, I also write about design, furniture making, homebuilding and various other topics—over the years I’ve written on everything from John Wilkes Booth to concrete reinforcement. I am the author of Getting Started in Woodworking: Projects for Your Shop (Taunton Press, 2005) as well as a numerous magazine articles which have appeared in Fine Woodworking, Outside Magazine, Woodcraft, The Inspired House, Field & Stream, and many others. I work as a contributing writer for Fine Homebuilding magazine, with a journalistic focus on homebuilding and green construction techniques. I also teach furniture-making and design both on the road and in my own shop.
When not writing or at the workbench, my wife Sarah and I spend our time wrangling our daughter Ava Jean and son Locke.