Recovering print journalist makes wood

I love making things with my hands, and especially working with wood.  I’m carrying on a family tradition built in North Carolina, where I was born. Siler City represent!

I grew up in Durham and have since watched from a distance as residents and city leaders transformed that dying industrial tobacco town into a cultural haven. I miss it.

I currently live in South Florida with my two girls and son (6, 19 and 17, respectively), but I hope to return home in about 10 years when my kids are all grown (hence “NC”WoodSmith).

I worked 17 years in newspapers, starting at The (Arizona) State Press. I’ve been a reporter at the Bakersfield Californian, reporter and editor at the Eureka (Calif.) Times-Standard, city editor at the Chico (Calif.) Enterprise-Record and city editor at the Medford (Ore.) Mail Tribune. Laid off like a lot of journalists in 2008 (and tens of thousands more since), I got a call from a local TV station’s news director asking me to run their news website. That led to eight years in online news production and social media management for KTVL (Medford, Ore.), WPEC (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and finally United Press International in, of all places, Boca.

After about a year as a stay-at-home dad (fantasizing about building out a woodshop), I returned to the workforce. I commuted almost an hour each way from Boca Raton to downtown Miami, where I managed marketing and membership at a museum. That experience convinced me it was time to do my own thing.

With my woodshop gobbling up more and more space, I’m making gourmet butcher block cutting boards, wizarding wands, wood bowls, wood spoons and spatulas … so here’s the shop.

NCWoodSmith and Skye