Having started my professional career as a wooden boat builder, I have a great appreciation for objects that are more than the sum of their parts. Whole days are spent making individual pieces on a boat, many seemingly unimportant, but all of them ultimately vital in the final project. I see a similarity between this truth and the way our own lives unfold. We are all the result of constant modification, disassembly, repair, and neglect leading to the individual characteristics we carry with us each day. My own life feels at times to be an assemblage of incoherent fragments, but like a boat, each piece is equally important in forming my perspective and personality.
Where wanderlust has dominated my personal life, my work has sought to provide the roots I otherwise lack. I create objects meant to last a lifetime, using locally available materials whenever possible. It is the permanence in my pieces that gives a sense of stability in my life, acting as an anchor to my senses. In a world of chaos, I take great pleasure in creating objects with a sense of stability.


Artist - Jeff Chelf Woodworking, Chapel Hill, NC (Sep 2014-Present)

Boat Builder - Bent Wood Boat Building, Chapel Hill, NC (May 2015-Jul 2017)

Blacksmith Apprentice - Conrad Hicks Forge, Cape Town, South Africa (Jan 2014-Jul 2014)

Boat Builder - Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia, PA (Jul 2012-Jul 2013)


·       BA Anthropology/Archaeology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (2010)


Making Matters, Lawton, NJ (Jun-Aug 2018)

Art of the Scientist, Durham, NC (Jun-Aug 2018)

Contemporary South, Raleigh, NC (Mar-Apr 2018)

Durham Artist Guild 63rd Annual Juried Exhibition, Durham, NC (Aug-Oct 2017)

Horace Williams House Woodturning Exhibition, Chapel Hill, NC (May 2017)

Greenhill Winter Show, Greensboro, NC (Dec 2016)

Works in Wood, New Hope, PA (Nov-Dec 2016)

Raleigh Fine Arts Society Exhibition, Raleigh, NC (Mar 2016)

Toe River Juried Arts Show, Spruce Pine, NC (Oct 2015)

Raleigh Fine Arts Society Exhibition, Raleigh, NC (Mar 2015)


CERF+, Get Ready Grant (Dec 2017)

Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Art Auction Fund Scholarship (Sep 2017)

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Steven E. & Carolyn J. Gottlieb Woodcraft Scholarship (Aug 2016)

Woodsprite Scholarship (Sep 2015)

Teaching Experience

Instructor, Foundations of Woodturning, John C. Campbell Folk School (Jan 2018, Nov 2017, Jan 2017)

Instructor, Multi-axis Turning with a Four Jaw Chuck, John C. Campbell Folk School (Mar 2016)

Instructor, Sticks & Stools Woodturning Basics & More, John C. Campbell Folk School (Dec 2015)

Assistant Instructor, Intro to Woodturning, John C. Campbell Folk School (Jul 2015)

Instructor, Philadelphia Independence Seaport Museum’s Workshop on the Water (2012 – 2013)


Echo Lake XX

Echo Lake XVIII

Echo Lake XIX


American Associate of Woodturners 32nd Annual National Symposium, Portland, OR (Jun 2018)

Carolina Mountain Woodturners, Asheville, NC (Jul 2017)

Capital Area Woodturners, Alexandria, VA (Apr 2017)

Montgomery Country Woodturners, Rockville, MD (Apr 2017)

Southern Piedmont Woodturners, Concord, NC (Oct 2016)

Sandhills Woodturners Guild, Southern Pines, NC (May 2016)

Piedmont Triad Woodturners, Greensboro, NC (Apr 2016)