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I have been collecting rocks since Edina had gravel pits and cutting them since high school. I love watching my kids mature and enjoy all types of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, fishing, pheasant hunting and cross country skiing. I have always enjoyed experiencing other cultures so I consider traveling overseas for work a bonus. Especially if my wife, Shelly can take the time to come along! I've hunted with German Shorthaired Pointers ever since I had a place of my own and am currently raising my fourth, a puppy named Zoey.
I really try to foster an atmosphere of creative freedom at Veberod so the rest of the staff can pursue their passion for gems and jewelry in whatever direction it takes them. I believe in hiring people who love what we do so much, the best days don't even seem like work :-)
I have always loved making things with my hands and have done so for as long as I can remember. My dad had to give me a set of my own tools by the time I was 7 or 8 in self defense to keep me out of his! I've tried many different jobs, even thought I had found my career many times, only to move on a few years later. When I discovered this field, I knew I had found my passion- a corner of the world where I would never stop learning, never get bored! Even better, I get to share my passion and knowledge with other people curious about metal smithing. Ten years later, I love what I do even more than I ever thought possible. In addition to making jewelry, I love all things dog (animal, really), gardening, reading, meditating, and nerdy TV shows/movies.
I attribute my deep love of making things to my grandfather. I remember as a kid, probably 5 years old, working in his woodshop with him, learning to make my own toys. As I got older, I discovered a love of pottery that just grew over time. I have a deep connection with things that embody function and beauty.
I have completed 2 apprenticeships, one in ceramics and another in rattan work and leather braiding.
I was working as an art teacher in a high school when I realized that I simply needed to get back to making things with my own hands and jumped at a chance to apply my skills to goldsmithing. Working at Veberod is fun, challenging, and rewarding.
I was born and raised in Plymouth, where I now live with my wife, Maria, our 2 kids, and 2 cats. In addition to making things, I also love camping and being outdoors.