It all started with a set of blocks. The old ones - squares and triangles and oblongs. I stared at them wondering what they coud make. And then I took a hammer and some nails and I made a mess.  


I was a builder my whole career. I like to think I was a builder of people. And after 30+ years at the helm of some stunning nonprofits, I returned to my first love - wood. I make  "live edge"  tables because when you peel the jacket off of a potato, you're dumping it's richest nutrients. My tables are made from the natural shape of the tree - not the squares and oblongs from grandaddy's house. Whoever decided to cut off the edges has no idea what they're missing. On this site you will find black walnut, ash, elm, the mighty oak and other species under the "Wood Goods" section. 


I started making stone jewelry in 2019 because I was really in need of a hobby or something to do. In February, I was diagnosed with Stage IV Lymphoma and began a six month relationship with some pretty nasty chemicals. I knew that either the chemo would eat my guts out and kill me or I would survive to live another day. In any case, I spent that summer walking the beach of our beloved Lake Michigan selecting the perfect rocks for my stone jewelry. And here I am, in remission and still at it. 

Timber and Stone are gifts of nature and I am grateful to be their Tinker. 

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