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My path to becoming a woodworker, employed by a seasoned master craftsman was probably not the conventional one.  Up until this last year, I had absolutely no experience with any tools beyond a hammer and a screwdriver.  Iíve always had romantic notions of having a workshop in some bucolic setting even though I had no skills to put to use in my land of make believe.  Somehow, I ended up just there.

I originally wanted to be a musician.  Playing in rock and roll bands through my teens and early twenties was a lot of fun, but I soon found out that it wasnít a path that would take me much farther than my parentís basement. 

In choosing a path to follow in college, I weighed my options and determined that filmmaking was the closest cousin to rock and roll making that was offered in the local community college.  After graduating the two year radio and television program I moved to Philadelphia to further my education at Temple University .. 

After graduation, I continued to pursue many different projects from bands to short films, all with varied degrees of success.  I was lucky to be surrounded by many misfit artists who all seemed to keep going and creating, even though the rewards were few and far between.  As I worked in mind-numbingly dull day jobs I would spend my time after work looking for and developing a myriad of fringe projects, hoping to find success somewhere.  Iíve been involved in many projects that Iím very proud of and have taken me to wonderful places, but none that could take me out the every day drudgery until now.

In my last place of employ, I was a secretary (the term ďadministrative assistantĒ is used now, but I was determined to humble myself by insisting on being called a secretary) at the American Red Cross.  This proved to be the most boring job of all time, though I was able to sell my blood for large chunks of change at times.  It did afford me hours of time to browse the internet to find my true calling. 

After two years of searching, I stumbled upon Jeff Lohrís classified ad seeking an apprentice with filmmaking experience and a desire to learn the trade of furniture making in Schwenksville , PA.   I immediately responded to Jeffís ad and I luckily struck a chord in him.  When I showed up to my interview, I arrived at Jeff and Lindaís farm to see horses, chickens and a plot of land that shared many a resemblance to my original idea of what the working world should be.

So I now start down a new road in my professional and artistic career.  Thankfully, I have finally found a place where those two roads can merge into one.  The past eight months have provided a new adventure on every day, from digging ditches to placing dovetails in a 600 year old burled oak flitch.  My progress is moving along everyday.  My days are spent learning from a master craftsman.  My nights are spent applying that knowledge to my own work.  It has been an unbelievable adventure to this point, and Iím excited at the things to come.

Please take a look at some of my work in my image gallery.  If youíre interested in anything you see and would like to commission a new piece, please donít hesitate to get in touch.

 

-Rob

 

 

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