Naturally talented at drawing, Jeff only received C's in art class because he discarded the teacher's instructions in favor of his own designs.
At Dial near Aurora, Illinois he began to carve soap: unicorn heads, flamingos, nudes, a #99 bar of the new antibacterial soap and many wooden dial bars- used as executive gifts (company logo) by the plant manager, before leaving dial in 1998.
Co-workers encouraged him to carve wood, and after a WCC career counselor told him, "You couldn't sell soap carvings for enough or make them fast enough." So he decided to make them out of wood, and bought multiple spindle carvers instead.
He used an ER-10 ShopSmith Circa 1950's) with a shop made duplication apparatus to make custom turned chair spindles before using a Vega lathe with duplicator to make hundreds of matching balusters for historic homes from Hinsdale to St. Charles, Batavia...
Leaving his old job, he acquired a ShopBot to do computerized woodworking. With Part Wizard a 2D CAD/CAM program he made more elaborate signs and began to learn how to draw with the mouse when asked to craft wooden sheep for a fiber industry convention.
Later he created Architectural detail for the Chicago Temple security desk with the same design as the massive limestone walls. A three dimensional project which required a lot of number crunching.
The hand carved scroll work applique (above photo) to go over the double doors for a dentist's marble floored home was first laid out and cut around using CAD/CAM.
Later heart shaped Aromatic Cedar boxes which were originally bandsawn were instead machined out of solid wood with integral cookie jar lid - along with oval, leaf, Walnut arrow head, Illinois & other shapes.
A sculptured tree was made of solid Ash salvaged from a tree killed by the Emerald Ash Borer for the Cook County Forest Preserve District - see photo this page.
In the last few years the computer drawing skills were carried over to laser engraving. He can now engrave photos with high resolution & good contrast.Some carved designs can be made with CNC or laser as well as hand carved.