Born: Los Angeles, California; November 13, 1942

Contact Information

Address: 990 Black Pine Ridge Road;

Marshall, North Carolina, USA 28753
Phone: 01 828 656 2280
Web site:


Artist-Craftsman/Author/Woodshop Teacher/Photographer

1978 – 2017. Administration and Teaching: Country Workshops, Incorporated (a non-profit educational organization)

1966 – 1970 Partner in Beckwith & Langsner, designers and builders of children’s’ adventure playgrounds.

Formal Education

1966 M.A. Painting and Sculpture; San Francisco State University
1964 B.A. Anthropology; San Francisco State University

Studies in Art and Woodworking

1980 Three weeks advanced cooperage with Reudi Kohler, Wenklin-Horben, Bern, Switzerland
1972 Apprenticeship in Swiss Alpine cooperage with Kufermeister Ruedi Kohler
1954 Art lessons with Adalaide Fogg and Mary Gordon. In preparation for 13th birthday.


Books authored (I also did most of the photographs and preliminary drawings for these publications.)
The Chairmaker’s Workshop (Lark Books)
1995 Green Woodworking - revised edition (Lark Books)
Green Woodworking (Rodale Press)
A Log Builder’s Handbook (Rodale Press)
Country Woodcraft (Rodale Press)
Handmade (Harmony Books)

Magazine articles. Numerous publications 1975 to present in “Fine Woodworking”, “Woodwork”, ”American Woodworker”, “Today’s Woodworker”, “Fine Homebuilding’ “Organic Gardening”, “Countryside”, “Harrowsmith” and others.


1978 to present at Country Workshops. Numerous 2 - 6 day courses including Swiss Cooperage, Ladderback Chairmaking, Windsor Chairmaking, Rustic Windsor Chairmaking, Carving Bowls and Spoons. I have also taught 5 - 7 day courses in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Japan.

Video Production

Producer for Country Workshops’ video “Carved Swedish Bowls with Bengt Lidström.
Producer for Country Workshops video’ “Swiss Cooperage: Two Days in the Workshop of Ruedi Kohler.”

Craft Tours

1991 – 2017. I organized and co-hosted annual traditional handcraft tours in Switzerland/France, England/Wales, Sweden/Norway and Japan.

Professional Membership

1994 Juried member of Southern Highland Craft Guild

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