Recovering Print Journalist Makes Wood

I love woodworking, carrying on a family tradition built in North Carolina, where I was born (Siler City represent!). I grew up in Durham and have watched from a distance as residents and city leaders transformed that dying industrial tobacco town into a cultural haven.

I currently live in South Florida with my two girls and son (6, 19 and 17, respectively), but I hope to return home in about 10 years when my kids are all grown.

I worked 15 years in newspapers, starting out at the State Press at Arizona State. I've been a reporter at the Bakersfield Californian, reporter and editor at the Eureka (Calif.) Times-Standard, city editor at the Chico (Calif.) Enterprise-Record and city editor at the Medford Mail Tribune. Laid off like a lot of journalists in 2008 and since, I got a cold call from a local TV station asking me to run their news website. That led to eight years in online news production and management for KTVL (Medford, Ore.), WPEC (West Palm Beach) and finally United Press International. After about a year as a stay-at-home dad, I returned to the workforce, commuting almost an hour from Boca Raton to downtown Miami, where I managed marketing and membership for a museum. That experience convinced me it was time to strike out and become my own boss.

In today's hectic "reality show" world governed by electronics and social media, handmade items carry special meaning. Every item is unique and has its own story to tell. My items are well-built and will last, carrying your family's story for generations.