Birthplace: I was born in Oklahoma City. My father was in the Air Force, and we moved to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, after I was born.
Hobby: Fractal burning, which is a technique that uses high-voltage electricity to create designs in wood.
How does it work? I built a Lichtenberg fractal wood burner, which uses 1,000 volts of electricity to burn a lightening type of design in wood.
Is it dangerous? It can be dangerous, but I take precautions and wear PPE to limit the chance of getting hurt.
How did you get into it? I had seen it done years ago and decided to try it. I’ve loved it ever since.
Have you always had an artistic side? Absolutely. I love creating one-of-a-kind items. It’s amazing to watch as each piece of wood takes on a different pattern.
Do you sell your works? Yes, I have a side business called Recycled Nature.
How did you learn about the job at Kootenai? I heard about it through a friend.
What were you doing before joining the co-op? I worked in manufacturing for 35 years.
What do you like most about working at the co-op? I enjoy working with members, but I love working with my member services team too. They are very supportive. I have never worked with a better group.
Education: Business Management and Lean Manufacturing Specialist.
What else do you enjoy doing in your free time? Spending time with the most amazing grandson in the world. He’s 15, and he still rocks my world. I also have a cute little pug who is always by my side. I love working outside, remodeling, riding four-wheelers, hunting and fishing.
Random fact: I started a new hobby this spring: magnet fishing!
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