Gene loves creating things from wood. He has been working with wood since before his dad would let him use a pocket knife. He shaped soft rotted wood using bits of broken glass; about 72 or 73 years ago at the age of 4 or 5. Since then he has always made things like little carved canoes, wood chains, bows and arrows and furniture. As an adult, he taught high-school woodwork off and on, did all types of carpentry, designed and built houses, cabinets and furniture. Now that he is “retired”, he is focused on trying to get the intrinsic beauty out of the many pieces of interesting wood he has collected over the years. He is enjoying that process and hopes others will get some pleasure from the results.