|Born in 1932 to a union mason
father. I watched, helped and bugged my father as soon as I could walk. At the
age of 12 years old the Seattle Bricklayers Union caught me working with my father's crew
in late August. This was a no-no; unions were the only option in those days.
My father begged off until June of the next year, as I was about to return to grade
So in June, one month, short of 13 years old I was sworn into the
Bricklayers Union in Seattle, Washington. I had to do an apprenticeship union
sponsored. It was a 4-year course, one evening a week, during the school year.
Of course my mother drove me. I enjoyed it so much I went for 6 years, until age 18
when the US Navy got my attention.
While stationed at Sandpoint Naval Air Station I was able to continue in the masonry trade
on off times. After 4 years, I returned to the masonry trade full time. At first I
worked with a medium sized Seattle Company who specialized in small commercial and
high-end homes. In the late 60s I started my own business doing mostly
custom residential and small commercial. Early 70s I started doing the Seattle
Home Show, promoting custom stonework. At one point in the late 60s, early
70s I employed 18 to 20 people.
Today, I do it all myself, with occasional help from one of my
brothers or nephews. In the late 70s masonry heater inquiries started to
emerge. I have been in the heater business ever since. I was a union mason for
25+ years and non-union for over 30 years.
am active in the Hearth Products Association
president of Washington Wood Energy
in the E6-ASTM Committee.
member of the Masonry Heater Association
MHA Heater Builder #001
President of the Masonry Heater Association in 2001.
I intend to build heaters as
long as my health will allow!