About Me


Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Designer & Maker

Growing up I was always told that I had an affinity to come up with creative solutions. I would often annoy my parents by presenting multiple alternate options to their parenting decrees. Since then I have continued to find creative ways to do things differently (sometimes annoying my wife) in an effort to save money, save natural resources, live a more natural lifestyle, or simply create a better design. Over the years I have been inspired by fantastic DIY post and projects. Now I am working to return the favor by sharing my projects and knowledge.

My affinity for creative solutions often leads to many unique and fun designs. However, I believe that a true DIY solution should be both effective and simple to build or create.  I work hard to make all of my projects accessible and possible, using easy to find resources. I will continually improve my DIY projects,  so please check back often for updates and improvements.



When I am not researching or working on one of my projects I am probably busy studying as I complete my final year in my Sustainable MBA program at Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI). Otherwise, I occupy my time teaching Spanish to elementary school students at the Madison Waldorf School. In the past I have worked for education focused non-profits like Camp Fire Columbia. I also flexed my entrepreneurial muscle by founding EnergE-Bikes, an electric bicycle company, which was a great learning experience if not a financial success. I am constantly inspired by those in the world who find creative ways to live a more integrated life with the natural world and their community. I hope to bring my diverse talents to promote ways in which we can all live a more connected, fulfilled, and inspired life.

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for all the information. Great smile.

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  2. Beautiful ideas! I am thinking about trying beet juice for a deep red on my wood projects, kind of like dying eggs only on wood!

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  3. Hey Ben, I bought some raw organic and boiled linseed oil from a local store based on their recommendations for a natural wood sealer. I am now reading many reviews that say you run into mold and mildew problems with linseed. I am looking to seal a pine china cabinet and will also be building a fence this summer. Do you have any recommended linseed oil recipes that would work without having the mold / mildew problems or should I just abandon and write off the linseed altogether. Please let me know as I have researched and found too many conflicting stories.

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  4. I think a lot of people are tending to go more towards natural and of course cheaper alternatives these days. Love your beeswax sealant recipe. I am planning on sanding a kitchen island top down. will this work on the surface as I plan to do a lot of cooking and dough rolling etc....

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  5. I really enjoy your staining recipes and have been experimenting with them myself. I hope you're doing great and can continue this blog. Look forward to more posts regarding DIY and natural, chem-free projects!!!

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  6. Thank you for sharing your genius with the world. I am going to use the beeswax/olive oil today!
    Gina

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  7. What are you up to now in 2015 / 2016?

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