Born and raised in central PA, I became fascinated by woodworking at a very young age and began building furniture for around the house as early as junior high school. I initially began by largely making custom-made pieces of furniture. In 1993, I decided to turn my long time passion into my full-time job, by founding Strouse Woodworking. Late that same year I was asked to make a set of Shaker-style boxes. I had never tried making one before, but I set off on the task. Quickly becoming enthralled by the entire process of making Shaker boxes, from getting the wood, to cutting it, and then to making the actual boxes. Shaker boxes soon became the majority of my work, but I always enjoy making custom furniture when I have time for larger projects.