Richard Haver

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Having spent my first 18 years in Pittsburgh, PA, I attended college at Columbia University, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Rochester, earning bachelors and masters degrees in philosophy, mathematics, and information science. After college I moved to Mobile, AL, Northampton, MA, and Asheville, NC before following a job to the Upper Valley area of Vermont and New Hampshire in 1986. I moved to Shoreham, Vermont in 2007.

In 1980 I decided to try my hand at building a wooden canoe. After successfully completing an 18-foot cedar strip canoe I began using the tools I had bought for the canoe making venture for furniture making. I haven’t stopped making furniture since. In the early 1990′s I discovered the wide design-capability veneer offers. Tables being the ideal canvas for the display of the beauty of veneers, I naturally found myself drawn to them.

Furniture making is my second career (the third, if you count the endless years as a student). In 2001 I quit my job of 24 years to do what I’d rather do: make world-class furniture full-time.