I first started working with wood in junior high back in the mid '60s. I'll never forget the
first time I looked at finished mahogany and how the grain shimmered and changed color in the
light - and cutting open a stump of the 'monkeyball' tree (Osage Orange) and finding a beautiful lemon yellow
hardwood which when finished, surpassed even the magical brilliance of mahogany.
I didn't do much with wood in high school, but the first thing I did when I went to college,
commuting back to home, was to build my first loft in my parents' home. The following year I
moved into the fraternity house and built my second loft, which stood head and shoulders over
the first one. The loft was a place where I kept all that was important to me, where I visited
with my friends, and in essence
became synonymous with home. In a sense, this website reminds me a lot of how I felt about
the first two lofts, and that's how I came up with the name for this website.
Anyway, to make a short story long, I have done many projects with wood, some of which have
been my largest and perhaps greatest endeavors. Unfortunately, 95% of all the photos I
have taken over the past several decades are color slides and I have to find a quality way
of getting these to the Web. I also have yet to photograph several of these pieces. Click on
any of the thumbnails below and a larger image will download.