This site was created as a place for me to publish articles and pictures about the things I enjoy in life.  At the moment I live in two places, a home outside of Chicago and an apartment in Beijing.  Sometimes it can be very difficult, and sometimes its very rewarding.  I hope this site is something that people will find interesting and useful especially if you are planning on living in Beijing.

As the site develops I hope to bring the focus more towards my main interests, woodworking, brewing and bicycling. 2012 and 2013 have been great years for me on the fitness front now that I am back into cycling. Last year I did almost a 1,000 miles in Beijing before returning to the U.S. I continue to enjoy spending time in food and beverage while in Beijing and have had a great time working with some very smart people there. 2014 is shaping up to be great year with the goal of establishing a line of consistent, great quality beers and food.  On the woodworking side there are more guitars to be finished along with some interesting new lathe work.

hall table, woodworkingI design and fabricate contemporary furniture and guitars using all types of hardwoods. Primarily I use reclaimed North American hardwoods such as cherry, maple, walnut etc. I also enjoy using some South American exotic woods. I find that I am influenced strongly by Shaker traditions, but I enjoy all styles of furniture design. Presently I reside in Beijing for about half the year and Chicago for the other half so my time in the shop is limited to the summer months.

Mindspear Technologies I started my first business, Mindspear Technologies in 1995 shortly after the release of the Mosaic browser. I was doing software sales and had slowly migrated over to the development side. From 2003 until 2008 I did multiple projects with a focus on sweepstakes development. Sweepstakes are very high pressure, complicated projects that have no room for error. During this time I worked on developing a series of applications that powered one of the largest automotive warranty companies in the United States.  The last projects were completed in 2008 and I left the United States to live in China.

I haven been very fortunate in life and met some very successful people. I have had the pleasure of working in a variety of industries and learning those business models. I am always interested in what people are doing. If you are living in Beijing and would like to get together for a dinner or drink just send me a contact.
The Turtle's Shell
Essential Woodworking
David Savage - Furniture with Soul
Marc Adams School of Woodworking
David J. Marks - Gallery
Hickory & Oak Sawmilling
Lee Valley - Tools and Hardware

Essential Cooking
Essential Beijing

City Weekend Beijing
The Hutong
Beijing Air Quality Index
An American Doctor in China