Upon retiring from the United States Merchant Marine in 1998, I became a self-taught woodworker, resulting in the establishment of Knapp Knoll Woodworks in 2004. Knapp Knoll Woodworks is a custom woodworking business, run by myself here in Oxford, NY. While making custom orders for a variety of interests, I specialize in heirloom quality toys. These toys are solidly built with hardwoods harvested right in my backyard. I don’t use any stains, allowing the full beauty of the wood to shine through. Durable non-toxic finishes allow children to play with their toys worry-free.
I live with my fiancé Stacie in the middle of our 268 woodlot in Oxford, NY. The cornerstones of my forestry management plan are sustainability and diversity. I consider myself a steward of the land more than a property owner. We have all got to do our part to take care of this corner of the planet. I am in complete control of the process, from forest management, to the harvesting of the trees, milling of the logs, and final transformation of lumber into toys. The tree has already done most of the work, and I hope my toys help keep that appreciation for trees intact into the next generation. As of April 8, 2015, Knapp Knoll Woodwork’s carbon footprint became smaller yet, as our homestead’s electrical power source has been converted to solar energy.