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Being born and raised in
Southampton, New York (The Hamptons), I was exposed very early on to
the world of antiques. As a child growing up, I spent many weekends
with my mother going from antique shops to yard sales. As I grew
older, I followed in the footsteps of many of my family members and
entered the world of construction. From my great grandfather, who was
a ship carpenter from Denmark, to my two brothers who were in
residential construction, woodworking has been a part of my family for
While working as a
carpenter in some of the finest homes in the country, I was exposed to
many beautiful antique pieces of furniture. It was there that I fell
in love with the simple elegance of an old English pine farm table.
Rustic, worry free, and easy to maintain, it was a favorite of many
who came from Manhattan to enjoy care free summers in the Hamptons.
Soon, I was making furniture just for fun for myself, as well as for
friends and family. As time went on, I was looking for a change from
the rigors of construction and embarked on a complete change to
financial services. My wife Karin and I, along with our two children,
Lauren and Evan, made the move to beautiful West Chester, PA in
Chester County. It was here, immersed in the rich history of Chester
County, that I realized my heart was not in financial services, but
rather in woodworking.
Grandpa posing for a picture while building my childhood house.
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