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I view myself as a problem solver whose solutions become beautiful objects in wood. I work with builders, architects, and home and business owners to translate and refine their ideas into custom millwork.

Trained as a geologist, I take a systematic approach to my work to ensure that it's well-integrated into the project flow and delivered on time. This approach has enabled me to work successfully on large projects such as Seton Northwest Hospital, SYSCO Corporation, and Capitol Metro, as well as with leading architects such as Graeber, Simmons & Cowan, Al Godfrey, Lake-Flato, Hobson Crow, and Seaux & Pierce.  I have also worked with builders such as Rizzo Construction, Sierra Custom Homes, David Wolf, and Paul Cimino.

Recent projects have included hand-hewn cherry doors for a large home in Westlake Hills, a 10-foot Spanish cedar arched entryway for a hacienda  in West Austin, and French Provincial and Modern cabinetry.  I also worked on some of the early residential space on Sixth Street in Austin.  Other projects have required mixed media, integrating glass, stone, and metal into millwork.

My father, who is Greek, was a do-it-yourselfer. When I was 14, we built a work table in our basement in Queens, New York, where I began working with wood.  I’d been a musician since the age of eight, and while playing drums in summer stock productions in Pennsylvania at 16, I spent a lot of time in the set building shop, where I learned more about woodworking.  After I earned a geology degree from Binghamton University, I was hired as a research associate at The University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology.  I enjoyed the work, but I got the itch to get out of the office and build things.

When I’m not working, I still perform as a drummer in several swing bands, and I do a lot of cycling.  Last year I rode my bicycle down the Pacific coastline from Portland Oregon to Arcata,  California.

Alan in the shop.