The Craftsmen Group

The Craftsmen Group

Preserving Washington D.C.'s Better Old Buildings

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Master carpenter, fabricator, project coordinator, and 30 years restoration experience – As a two year old, I used to ride in the wagon my granddad pulled, to pick up leftover construction materials at the church. And here, I think, started my interest in construction and materials. Competitive and successful as a school boy, I had many interests. Among them years of judo, wrestling, and motorcycle racing. I was most fortunate to have traveled extensively. An army brat in Europe, I had seen most of the great monuments of western civilizations by 9 years of age, perhaps I was too young, but still inspired. My first professional ambition – archaeologist. College life and text books didn’t move me, after 3 years I left and have since begun my own journey. William Blake, Fredric Nietzsche, and T.S. Eliot kept me alive for a few years and James Krenov and Studs Terkel helped me clarify my life’s ambition – craftwork. At 21 years, I was resolved to be the greatest carpenter I could be. It is a beautiful, rich discipline, one which engages me most nearly all moments to this day. There is so much to learn and so much to do.