To learn woodworking, furniture designer Richard Massey apprenticed to both his father and his grandfather. “I’m a fourth-generation woodworker,” he says. “It’s in my blood. I learned a tremendous amount from my grandfather, and not just about woodworking, but also about life. He was a wonderful person.”
For metal artist Jeff Whitaker, his profession is a perfect match for his personality. "I’m an adrenaline junkie, who thrives on intense experiences," he says. "Metalworking fascinates me because I’m actually melting metal using extreme temperatures. I’m able to coax around a liquid using intense heat, and there’s a lot going on when that happens, so I never get bored. I love to weld.”
Painter Kevin Noonan’s interest in art began in childhood. "My grandfather is a gifted folk-art painter, so I grew up around painting," says the Connecticut native, who has a degree in Buddhist Studies from Antioch College in Ohio. "I got the chance to study in India and Burma, where I did meditation, but when I was there I also studied Buddhist iconography and modern Burmese painting. I even visited the state art school in Rangoon and talked to artists there."