John was borne and raised in Michigan. He attended Michigan State University and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he studied sculpture and painting. John has worked in the building industry for over 50 years as a carpenter, foreman, project manager, superintendent, designer and general contractor. He has also been a cabinet and furniture maker, blacksmith / metal worker, wood carver, sculptor and artist in various media. John has taught woodcarving, blacksmithing, printmaking and drawing at the Whidbey Island Waldorf School. John's wife is a Waldorf Teacher and all of their three children have a K-12 Waldorf education.