Your front door is one of the first things you see in a home and it needs to be inviting while durable and well protected.

I began remodeling homes in Baltimore in the early 80’s. I quickly learned that the essential pillars of good building practice are plumb, level and square. In building and installing a fine door, these qualities are especially important. When the door is open, you want it to stay open and likewise to stay closed when shut. You want the perimeter reveals to be consistent.

I use a special technique for gluing the door faces to the core that will give you that durability as well as a beautiful finish.

Over the years, the journey has been a constantly ongoing effort to use my talents to nurture precision in all facets of the project from concept creation to finish.

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Mantels can give a frame around the hearth. Even in summer when fires are absent, the mantel creates an artistic visual place holder.

Elegant simple setbacks are especially nice on a fine mantel. Simplicity. I apply this technique I learned from the Swiss cabinetmaker Walti as often as I can.

On the red oak mantel above, I wanted to show off a grain structure that wrapped around the corner. The wonder of God’s creation is exhibited in the beauty of the figure in the wood. I try to create matching grains as often as possible.

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Stand Alone

In a garage apartment renovation, there was a need for a cabinet to fill a space under a sloping roof line. I built an angular unit out of sepele and had good success using functional simplicity.

The Conner vanity is quite a heavy piece of contemporary furniture nestled into the space reserved for it. It’s a rather nice combination of doors, drawers, and shelves.

The Barclay Trapezoidal Book Stand was made of dark stained rift sawn white oak with wedged mortise and tenon joinery. There are no nails or screws in the piece. It is clean and stable and evokes a sense of timeless craftsmanship.

The Stuart safe with a conveniently lighted door is cleverly nestled in under a sloping roof. Making use of an otherwise wasted space was one of the most enjoyable projects I have done.

The crown molding above shows off precision joinery of obtuse angles for an elegant look. It was a nice touch to a cherry paneled home office.


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