After completing an apprenticeship program, Jeff worked as a machinist for many years in Texas and Connecticut. Along the way he picked up a BA at the University of Houston and a MA at the University of Rochester. He is a largely self-taught carpenter, cabinetmaker, electrician and plumber.
I started building bookcases when my book collection threatened to overwhelm my bedroom. This happened when I was a graduate student, and therefore largely free of money. As a former machinist, I was familiar with cutting and shaping metal, but I wasn't experienced working with wood.
Since I moved a lot, I developed a system of modular bookshelves that could be broken apart and hauled from one place to another relatively easily. When I discovered I was about to become a father for the first time, I just knew I had to build a crib with my own hands. That crib would have won no awards in great design or top-notch construction, but it dutifully handled three kids over a ten year period.
What's more, it started me on a new journey. If I can build a baby crib, I reasoned, what's to stop me from building some cabinets, or rewiring a house, or installing a new bathtub. Along the way, I've largely learned from others. I'm here hoping to pass some of that knowledge on to you.