A Hoosier since birth, I was born with an eye disease known as retinitis pigmentosa (RP). The symptoms are tunnel vision, night blindness, and tunnel vision. As a child growing up I was told that eventually I would go blind. I now have only central vision with less than 9% peripheral vision in each eye and am considered legally blind.
I've always interested in woodworking. A few years ago my interest turned to woodturning. I am mostly self-taught. Due to my vision issues what I create on my lathe takes longer than other sighted woodturners. What began as a hobby has blossomed into a passion. I have won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in various woodturning categories of the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Open Arts Class. I have been accepted into the Midwest Museum of American Art’s Juried Regional Art show 2017 thru 2019 winning multiple awards. In 2018 I was awarded an Educational Opportunity Grant from the American Association of Woodturners to expand and enrich my woodturning capabilities.
I am a member of the Michiana Woodturners Association, Grand River Woodturners Guild, and West Michigan Woodturners clubs and is a member of the American Association of Woodturners.
Each piece is made from logs, recycling what might have ended up in the landfill due to storm damage, disease, age, etc. All exotics used are legally and responsibly sourced!