|Ron was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, into a family
of builders. He began using woodworking tools
at an early age as he helped with the family
business. He developed not only a skill, but a
deep appreciation for the natural beauty of wood.
He graduated with an education degree from
Edinboro University and a masters degree from
Wilkes University, both in Pennsylvania. He was a
teacher for 34 years and owned a photography
business for 12 years.
Now retired and living in Arizona, Ron has turned
his life-long hobby into a full-time endeavor.
These days he's either working in his shop,
travelling to mills, or searching the internet for
the perfect piece of wood. With today's
technology he maintains relationships with
suppliers across the country who help him find
exceptional pieces of wood, especially the burls
for which he has become noted.
|Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine
|Wild Holly Gallery
in Carefree, Arizona
The MN Collection
in Scottsdale, AZ
This beautiful, broken piece of Big Leaf
Maple Burl was discarded on the floor in a
back room of a mill....
"My passion is turning nature's art into functional art. I look for unique hardwoods and burls, both
domestic and imported. Every piece in its natural form is one-of-a-kind and has its own story. A lot of
the wood I use might have once been left to decay in the forest, used as firewood, or sent to landfills.
Nowadays, however, it can be found in specialty mills and is becoming increasingly valuable. My designs
focus on preserving the natural color and integrity of the wood while adding other media such as glass
or metal to complement it. My hope is that each piece will be treasured, not only today but for
generations to follow."
Desert Mountain Fine Art
in Scottsdale, Arizona
Robert Kelly Gallery
in Park City, Utah
Horizon Fine Art Gallery
in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Ron works closely with his brother Cliff, who is
a sculptor and metal artist, to create their
signature steel bases. Their line includes both
freeform organic and contemporary styles. They
often work with designers who are looking for
custom-made pieces to fit special needs.
Ron's work can be seen at the following locations:
|...from trash to treasure...