I am a college professor who teaches courses in genetics, developmental biology, and freshman biology throughout the year. In 2009, I began turning pens and other small projects on a tabletop lathe as a hobby. It did not take very long before my personal collection of pens had grown to many dozens and my wife, Joy, informed me that if I was going to continue to make them I had to start doing it for other people. Since then I have made and sold well over a thousand pens. My pens can now be found in 45 states and in at least 24 other countries throughout the world.
I work with many different woods from around the world and various kinds of acrylic and polyester resins. I approach each pen as a piece of art. Combinations of materials are chosen to maximize the visual appeal of each piece. I strive constantly to add new dimensions to my craft and push myself to try new techniques and approaches to the craft, including: advanced shaping, closed-end turning, inlays, segmentation, pyrography, embedded materials, beading, and decoupage, to name a few.
I love doing commission work for clients. Helping them design their own pen and seeing their joy and appreciation for the final result is very rewarding. My work has appeared in the Art Trail Gallery (Florence, SC) in 2010 & 2011, Black Creek Arts Council Gallery (Hartsville, SC) in 2013, the Burr Gallery (Cheraw, SC) in 2014, and the Rice Museum (Georgetown, SC) in 2015. I was a member of the Artisans of the South Carolina Cotton Trail guild from 2013-2016.