It is such an honor for me to serve on the board and to help the Guild thrive and expand in a positive and productive way. My experience with the Guild began in 2006, when the company I worked for, Goshen Timber Frames, sent their entire shop to the Guild conference. I was a new timber framer and designer, recently completing my timber framing apprenticeship, having only worked for the company less than a year before I joined the Guild. In 2007, I started serving the timber frame community by shifting my skills from timber framing to making oil-based wood finishes and have been both a TFG Company member and a Timber Frame Business Council member for 9 years. My company, Heritage Natural Finishes, LLC, has also been a Visionary Partner with the Guild for the last few years.
There are three main areas I am most excited about promoting within the Guild: (1) timber frame and related skill-building education; (2) networking with other building and trade organizations; and (3) community outreach as we get more timber framing projects in front of the public and inspire a new generation of framers. I am also very interested in working on the community building projects and hands-on workshops that help get this amazing craft and body of knowledge out to our communities which hopefully will inspire new craftsmen and grow our trade. I'm looking forward to great things in 2018 and so proud to be the Vice President of the Guild.