Jeremy began building and creating from a very young age. His first toolbox was an old ammo crate he and his grandfather converted for use when he was 9. A former geologist, Jeremy’s creative side eventually pulled him into building scenery and props for various community theaters in most of his off hours. Later, in combination with the economic downturn, he found himself an unemployed geologist and so found work in a small cabinet shop. It was here that he found the one thing that makes him happiest in life (at least until he met his wife): building furniture.
He later enrolled in some evening classes in furniture making at Salt Lake Community College. There he was greatly inspired by his teacher and friend, Chris Gochnour. From Chris, Jeremy began to develop a great appreciation for hand crafted, solid wood furniture made using traditional and modern techniques in harmony with one another. After 2 years of instruction from Chris, Jeremy decided it was time to take a leap of faith and go to school full time to start a new career as a furniture maker. Chris encouraged him to look into The North Bennet Street School in Boston, which is what led Jeremy and his wife to New England for the first time. Before leaving Utah, Jeremy was invited to participate in the SkillsUSA cabinetmaking competition where he won a gold medal in the state of Utah, and later a silver medal at the national competition in Louisville, KY.
Jeremy spent 2 years studying traditional woodworking techniques at the North Bennet Street School, where his appreciation and understanding of furniture making has depended and expanded. He learned from some of the finest craftsmen and women in New England, and has had opportunities to show some of his work in various shows, including the Fine Woodworking Live annual woodworking conference.
“I have always been inspired by a quote from Pablo Picasso, ‘I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.’ Woodworking continually offers me opportunities to mix those things I know, with things I have yet to learn.”