I attended Menasha High School in Menasha, WI. I grew up in a little house on Lake Butte des Morts and grew to love water. When I moved to Milwaukee ten years ago I was amazed at the size and scope of Lake Michigan. It's like an inland ocean, truly a third coast. I spent a large amount of my free time scouring the shores of the lake for fossils and gemstones. I have an entire lapidary studio in my garage which is solar powered. I cut, shape, sand, polish, solder, assemble, and metal smith every piece by hand.