I was born in Illinois in 1970 and have lived in 7 different states throughout my life. I obtained a degree in Finance from the University of Colorado. After spending 8 years in the financial industry I fell victim to a massive layoff. Right then and there I decided I did not want to be susceptible to any more layoffs or downsizing. After relocating to Hood River, OR in 2004 I began a landscape design and construction business trading in the Armani suits for Carhart attire. Not until late 2009 did I make my 1st wine barrel product (a tea light candle holder) from a whiskey barrel stave that my brother gave me. One thing led to another and more than 4 years later Stave Designs was born. Since then I have created 250+ different wine barrel products. Woodworking has been in my blood ever since I can remember. Its something I thoroughly enjoy and know that each wine barrel product purchased will be enjoyed for years to come.