Growing up I spent a lot of time outdoors. Fishing for Smallmouth in Maine and hunting in West Virginia with my father and uncle are among my favorite childhood memories. I also learned countless outdoor and general life skills during my time in Scouting and I am very proud to say that I earned my Eagle Scout in 1992. College brought me to West Virginia University where I took full advantage of the state’s abundant natural resources. Following my time in the Mountain State I moved south to Charlotte, NC. In Charlotte I started a career, met the girl of my dreams, and got married. We have 2 beautiful children who keep us busier than we ever imagined possible. In 2015 I started experimenting with woodworking, specifically hand carving canoe paddles. Around that same time, I met Alec Blalock who introduced me to the beauty and historical significance of sinker cypress. I found that making paddles not only provided me a creative outlet but allowed me to further connect to a region of the country that I have come to love. In 2017 I formed SouthernWood Paddle Company where I specialize in making hand carved canoe, Greenland kayak, and SUP paddles. Among my many goals with SouthernWood Paddle is to help connect other people to the South, its natural resources, and its history. Along the way maybe I can help a few folks find happiness, create new memories, and inspire someone else to take the risk to do what they love. I am proud to offer my paddles at the Swamp Log Artisan’s Gallery for people to enjoy.