Tom was born on the Navaho Reservation in Ganado, Arizona. He was five when his family moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where he grew up. After college, while doing geophysics research in Yellowstone Park, Tom built a small scribe-fit log cabin on land owned by his family in the Beartooth Mountains and realized he was more interested in creating furniture than working as a geophysicist. After meeting Jennifer, he moved to Missoula, Montana, where he set up a woodworking shop and started designing and building furniture. Currently, Tom builds gallery and commission pieces and teaches woodworking in his Bellingham, Washington studio. Tom is a member of Artwood, a local woodworking cooperative gallery in Bellingham, WA, and The Northwest Woodworkers Gallery in Seattle, WA.
Jennifer grew up in Missoula, Montana, where she received degrees in English and Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. Jennifer worked for the YMCA, the Montana Natural History Center, Clark Fork School, and then enjoyed being a full-time mom when her daughter was born. After Tom got going in furniture building, Jennifer took classes in stained and leaded glass window design, then started building commissioned pieces, often collaborating with Tom. Jennifer added tile setting to her work, then expanded into the art of marquetry (pictures made with wood veneers) after taking a course at the Anderson Ranch Art Center from marquetarian Craig Vandall Stevens (www.cvstevens.com). Jennifer is also a member of Artwood, a woodworking cooperative gallery located in Bellingham, WA, and The Northwest Woodworkers Gallery in Seattle, WA.