Faces of PTN

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Women, especially petite, are not encouraged to follow a hands-on job trend.  I gained confidence and ability at Belmont... [went] off on my own and have my own business specializing in stained and leaded glass.

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I grew up in central Kentucky and we always lived in older houses so I got a feel for old houses early on. When I was a teenager we moved to Northern KY and later it was here I got my start in historic preservation. I worked for a Mick Noll who was converting an old firehouse into a restaurant. I was impressed by the man who restored the wooden windows. He was meticulous with the details but still he moved right along. He restored all the windows to smooth working order. Another fellow, an older carpenter had an apprentice who really was not so interested in the work. I paid close attention however and picked up a lot. I learned early on to hustle when I helped him. If I fell behind I would hear "dollar waiting on a dime" and so pick it up to keep him happy and so I could keep working with him. 

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My interest in building replicas of 17th and 18th century American furniture began in 1972 from a Humanities professor of mine in college who introduced me to period tools and early American furniture.I started gathering tools, studying styles, design and construction, visiting museums and historic sites, going to sawmills, and working in earnest. I continued this self taught education for eight years and went into business in 1980.

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In my youth, I developed a taste for speed, power and noise, but as time goes by I'm increasingly drawn to the peaceful pleasures of naturally-powered human inventions. Kayaking and sailing are among my favorite recreational pursuits these days. Collecting vintage hand tools is another. Like so many middle-aged men, I've never outgrown my fascination with machinery and tools. 

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