In 1996, my family moved from Goshen to Columbus, Ohio, so that I could pursue a master of social work (MSW) degree from Ohio State University. But in order to receive the in-state discount, I needed to live in Ohio for a year before applying to grad school. During that year, I took a job at a friend’s millwork making custom doors and trim. It was my first experience in woodworking, and I took to it right away. I never went to grad school and moved back to Goshen 18 months later with a new skill, a new passion, and a new daughter.
Basically, anything wood-related is what I do. I make solid-wood furniture and cabinets and accessories such as shelving, cutting boards, you name it. I also build bee houses to help encourage the community to work to rebuild the bee population.
I was born and raised in Goshen and went to Goshen High School. Then I went to Goshen College and graduated with a bachelor’s in social work.
My wife and I like to spend time with our friends and family. We do a lot of entertaining at home. We also like to travel – within the states, overseas. Wherever we see something we like, we try to experience it.
There are several places that we frequent: Goshen Brewing Company for one. We love that place, for the food and the atmosphere and, of course, the beer. The other thing I like about Goshen is the availability of different restaurants. There’s a great selection of Latin America restaurants, there’s Common Spirits, authentic Italian pizza, an Indian restaurant. Now there’s a Puerto Rican restaurant. I haven’t been there yet, but I keep hearing great things about it. I’m looking forward to trying it.
I appreciate the diversity Goshen offers regarding culture: music and art and dance and all that is available if you want it. The First Fridays scene is so great. We like to do that as often as we can. First Fridays, I think, has really helped to kind of put Goshen on the map. And that helps everyone.
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