Randy's passion is creating with his hands. He channels this passion through the wood that he works with. He strives to accentuate the individual character of every piece of wood he works with. For that reason, no two pieces of Randy's finished work are exactly the same.
It is the creative and problem solving process that drives him. He is always busy either making things or thinking about what and how he is going to make the next creation. There is something about working with wood that keeps him going. It is who he is.
Of course, no one succeeds without help from others. Randy collaborates with Salvaterra Pottery (http://salvaterrapottery.com) to create many mixed media (wood/clay) creations you will see throughout this website. This collaboration extends from their businesses to their personal lives. You see, Sue, owner of Salvaterra Pottery, is Randy's wife and also his biggest fan. The passion that Randy has for wood is rivaled only by Sue's passion for clay. Together, the two of them create truly unique pieces.
Randy grew up in the desert of southern Arizona, was educated as a civil engineer at Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, but truly found his home when he and his wife, Sue, moved to the mountains of western North Carolina in 1990. Since his childhood, Randy has known that the smell of freshly cut wood had a special place in his heart. While working as a civil engineer, Randy also obtained his general contractor's license, thinking this was his opportunity to work with wood. However, it wasn't until Randy invested some savings into woodworking equipment that he found his true calling. It began small, a table saw, miter saw, and some hand tools. Then a bigger table saw, better miter saw, jointer, and better hand tools. Then a band saw and drill press. Then a planer, dust collection system, and router table. Than a bigger planner! Oh, and don't forget about the work benches, shop carts, storage cabinets, and clamps.........MANY clamps.
Today, 20+ years into this adventure, Randy's home-based business has taken over the 1,500 square foot basement of their home. However, there are plans to further expand the business through the construction of a dedicated, off site woodworking shop, joining his wife's pottery studio/gallery on a 4 acre site located at 30 Cole Road in Weaverville, NC. Stayed tuned for updates on that effort.