I started woodworking at about twelve years old. He attended two summer programs around that time at The Telfair Art Academy in Savannah, GA. I later attended the University of South Carolina and worked as a carpenter building churches part time
In the mid seventies, I was inspired by the work of Ed Moulthrop and begged him to let me be his apprentice but he declined. Shortly thereafter, he asked me to do some carpentry at his house, building his workshop. This led to other projects over the next twelve years repairing his house and building several additions. Ed would regularly take me aside and tell me about his processes and show and tell me about his craft and would introduce me to the different wood turners and workers that would come to visit. I learned from him to honor your craft by hard work and to always try new things and if you needed a unique tool, make it! Most importantly, simply, reveal beauty that already existed in the wood. Ed taught me the “drop dead awe factor” in creating something beautiful. I vowed to him that one day I would copy him in my own unique way, even though, at the time, I knew, through his showing and telling, more about his craft than anyone except maybe his son, Phillip. Now, I carve bowls without a lathe.
I also learned to appreciate art from my late father in law, Ed Eaton. He retired as an art supervisor at the Western Electric Corporation and taught watercolor painting at the college level. He taught me that depicting light was the more important thing in art and about how to be thorough and diligent and have a sense of humor about your work.
I spent my youth on Tybee Island, GA, and have been married for forty-one years to Mavis Lane Eaton of Winston-Salem, NC. Together we raised four children in the Marietta, GA area. I spent fourteen years as a carpenter, twenty years as a custom builder, and currently, spend my time dived between carpentry and craft making.