Mike’s reverence for all things wood was nurtured at an early age by his grandfather, a hobbyist woodworker and carpenter. Throughout high school, college and beyond, he explored wood as a building material through woodworking, studying Wood Products at The Pennsylvania State University, timber framing, carpentry and designing timber frames.
In 2005, Mike and his future wife, Jen, moved to New England, an area with a rich tradition as one of the centers of studio furniture making. Mike had the good fortune to work with one celebrated maker, which was a catalyst for the type of finely detailed work he currently produces.
Mike, Jen, and Livvie the Newfoundland live on a small homestead in the Fox Chapel area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where they grow fruits, vegetables and keep honeybees.