Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Michael moved to Vermont in the mid-90’s where, as a student at Goddard College, he first began to hone his woodworking skills. His career in restoration timber framing began while working at the Institute for Social Ecology with Seth Kelley. After a few years in the field, they founded Knobb Hill Joinery, focusing on preservation and restoration timber framing while occasionally designing and cutting new structures. He has spent a great deal of time documenting historic buildings, teaching classes, and demonstrating traditional timber framing methods. After moving back to the Mid-Atlantic region, he joined the team at The New Jersey Barn Company. Recently, he started Transom Historic Preservation Consulting, a small company offering dendrochronology sampling services, historic documentation, and research. He is an active member of the Traditional Timber Frame Research Advisory Group and contributor to both Scantlings and TIMBER FRAMING in addition to serving as the Guild's president of the board.