Who I am, what I do, and why my wife and I created the Sonoran Woodshop.

As a kid I spent many hours in front of the TV watching The Woodwright’s Shop, The New Yankee Workshop, and This Old House. I’m not sure if these shows started my desire to build things but they were certainly a catalyst for me to start woodworking. I didn’t have access to the tools they used or the means to start woodworking at a young age. Looking back I think I was just fascinated by woodworking in general and simply watched these shows for the entertainment value.

When I reached high school I was finally able to explore woodworking first hand and I embraced the opportunity. I quickly developed a rapport with my high school woodworking instructor and spent much of my free time in the wood shop designing and building furniture. I continued my woodworking education remodeling homes as a carpenter throughout my high school weekends and summers, which continued into my college years.

My desires to design and build has lead me down the path of becoming an engineer, which is what I now do for a living. After moving around and traveling extensively for about 15 years, my wife and I finally decided to settle down and purchase a home in 2011 with a 1000 sq. ft. detached workshop. The dedicated shop space provides a great deal of inspiration and has facilitated my path back into woodworking.

As an aspiring furniture maker, I am continually reminded about how much I have enjoyed and continue to enjoy watching Roy, Norm, and the folks with This Old House; without them I probably wouldn’t be woodworking today. In an effort to keep the proverbial torch alive, my wife and I have decided to start The Sonoran Woodshop. Our goal is to provide ideas and inspiration for your woodworking projects, but more importantly we hope to inspire woodworking.


Having a good attitude can make all the difference.

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company … a church … a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude … I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you … we are in charge of our Attitudes.” ~ Charles Swindoll