I got my start in furniture restoration in the late ’70s,
working in my father’s refinishing shop.

At about the same time I studied furniture and cabinet making at a local tech school, and a few years later started teaching introductory furniture making and woodshop tool maintenance at the same school. I continued teaching these as well as the occasional wood carving class until 1992, when a third child was born to my wife and me, complicating life sufficiently that teaching had to take a back seat to fatherhood. I began making furniture while still working with my dad, and when he retired in 1984, I went out on my own, starting Heartland Furniture Restoration.