Ever since he was a kid growing up in Allentown, Bob loved to take things apart, fix them, and improve them--even if they weren't broken and didn't need fixing. He also liked to hammer and saw and put things together. He discovered woodworking in eighth-grade shop class at Trexler Junior High School, and still uses the pine nightstand he built back then.
Since then, Bob took a few detours away from the woodshop, earning associate's degrees in natural science and liberal arts from Lehigh County Community College and a B.S. in chemistry/mathematics from Kutztown University. He worked as a Realtor, chemist, sous chef, bartender, and salesman of photography gear, bicycles, tools and many other things.
While working as a Realtor, Bob began dabbling in woodworking once again, building a shop in his garage and working on small items, including bowls. After retiring, he began tackling larger projects, building custom furniture and cabinetry for family and friends. He also began to make speaker enclosure kits for do-it-yourself audio hobbyists. He expanded his shop and created Big Wood Studio.
Bob joined the Fab Lab in the fall of 2019 and immediately felt as though he'd found his second home -- but with the advantage of friendly, knowledgeable faculty and staff and state-of-the-art equipment to make almost anything imaginable. He's currently working closely with one of the electronics instructors on the design of a stereo tube amplifier for students to build in class. He's looking forward to more collaborative projects.