As I am a self-taught woodworker, I have had very little formal training in the craft. I believe in learning by doing. Things always work out easily on paper, but the process of gettings from paper to real life is always a challenge. When something works out, that's great, but when it doesn't, that's when I learn the most.
I have read countless books and magazines over the years covering covering a vast array of topics both wood and non-wood related: Design, Joinery, Finishing, Proportion, Tool Selection and use, Wood Properties, and Art books of all styles and mediums. There are so many factors influencing designs and techniques that I try to be as broad as possible when seeking inspiration for a new piece.
I have been fortunate to come across some very talented woodworkers over the years, and have picked up a great deal of useful information and tips.
The Northern Woods Exhbition is put on by the Minnesota Woodworkers Guild Annually every spring
2006 Best Turning : Skewed Checks With Diamonds Bowl
2007 Most Technically Accomplished : Round Cherry Parquetry Table
2008 Best Finish : Bubinga Coffee Table
2009 Most Technically Accomplished : Parametric Bench
I have also worked with world-class veneer guru Thomas Schrunk. Most recently on his 4th art case piano for Steinway Pianos in the spring of 2011. It truly a thing of wonderment with an exotic veneer design in several types of burled veneer.