Bill’s love affair with creating furniture began back in the late 70’s in high school during his “shop class.” He went off to college as an accounting major but quickly realized his passion was woodworking. He graduated Cum Laude from Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, VA., in 1981 with a degree in Industrial Arts Education.
Bill taught high school students woodworking skills for 30 years while refining his own skills in his Goochland studio. Bill’s unique classroom style has helped him connect hundreds of students to the world of woodworking. As he moves about the Richmond area, he connects with former students who talk about his passion for the craft. His woodworking class was not the “shop class” that made simple wooden items. Many students have cupboards, beds, tables, dressers, and even a couple of acoustic guitars they made with him. Many students have gone on to pursue woodworking as a career.
While in the education world, Bill won many awards, including Teacher of the Year for Godwin High School, the Godwin High School “Wind Beneath My Wings” Award, the Richmond Community Foundation R.E.B. Award for Teaching Excellence, Henrico County Star Teacher, Capital One Access Opportunity Grant, and Virginia Randolph Teacher of the Year. The REB grant of $9,000 enabled Bill to study at the John Makepeace Studio at Parnham House in Dorsett, England and at the Dana Robes Wood Craftsman Shop in Enfield, New Hampshire. Bill is an avid reader of all things woodworking. He has had tips and techniques published in Fine Woodworking and a feature piece in “current work.”
Bill has been a woodworking teacher and run a small business from his home studio for over 30 years. Customers range from Berkeley to Martha’s Vineyard. Aside from many styles of furniture, he has made a wide variety of items over the years, including kitchens, nautical woodwork, architectural cabinetry, as well as copies of original wooden guitar cases and molds for TKL. He has balanced his full time job, his woodworking career and been a wonderful husband and father all the while.
Bill’s recent retirement now affords him the ability to pursue his passion on a full time basis. His 3000+ square foot wood studio, his year’s of experience, his passion for his craft and his desire to please his customers make him an excellent choice for your handmade furniture and cabinetry needs.