While I work with global clientele, I am fortunate to be based on Maui, Hawaii. Here, craftsmanship and artistry are revered, and the design inspiration provided by Maui itself is unrivaled.
I grew up in the shadow of my father’s workbench, as my father did before me. And the practical lessons learned there fueled my dedication to craftsmanship. My professional training includes studies under modern masters of marquetry, inlay, wood turning, hand-finishing, and upholstery such as Paul Schurch, Jerry Kermode, Terri Masachi, and Mitch Kohanek. This lifelong dedication to education has made me part of a dwindling tribe of craftspeople who can take an idea from conception and sketch to handcrafting, color-matching, and finishing.
My work is in the homes of clients as diverse as Napa Valley vintners, global hedge fund presidents, professional windsurfers, art professors and celebrities. I have been featured by the Waldorf Astoria collection's Na Pua Gallery, the Architectural Digest Home Design show in New York, the American Craft Council in San Francisco, the Hana Coast Gallery, and I am part of the permanent collection at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. I'm also a featured artist in the recent book, Aloha Expressionism: by Contemporary Hawai'i Artists.
I have no better inspiration for my craft than looking around my workspace, located on the beautiful North Shore of Maui. My shop is in a 4,000 square foot gambrel-style barn that houses a combination of state-of-the-art and heritage tools. Outside those doors, my view encompasses the Maui coastline, including the famous wind- and kitesurfing spots of Kite Beach and Ho'okipa, and the 40'+ waves of Pe'ahi ("Jaws"). The shop is on my sustainable family farm, where we raise heritage livestock on pasture, along with free-ranging hens, organic fruits and vegetables, and native Hawaiian plants.
Our commitment to artisanal craftsmanship, beauty, tradition, sustainability and the environment resonates in all we do.
My wife and I have two incredible daughters who each got their first 'real' tools at age three and have custom workbenches built by yours truly, color-matched to their favorite hues. They have grown up working alongside me with Japanese handsaws and traditional, hand-wrung drill presses. If you are not yet ready for your heirloom-quality commission, rest assured that a Fitch with deep training and a lifelong love of craft will be ready to help you for many years into the future.
Last, but not least, you can often find our shop-dog, Moose, laying at our feet, snoring contentedly while I work deep into the night under the starry Maui sky.
Know that there is care, commitment, and authenticity built in to every piece.