Luke grew up on a dairy farm in Wells, Vermont. One of eight children, Luke showed an early interest in woodworking. He spent much time as a child in his grandfather “Papa’s” woodshop and completed a cedar strip wooden canoe at age 16.
It was also at 16 that Dan McKeen, founder of Green Mountain Timber Frames, became a teacher, mentor, and friend, when Luke built a small timber frame cabin with Dan’s coaching.
During college in Massachusetts, Luke worked part time at a furniture restoration shop and developed a passion for furniture as well as timber framing. During the course of one summer during college, Luke completed his first restoration project; he rehabilitated an 18th century barn on the family farm and turned it into an addition to the house.
After successfully completing bachelor degrees in sociology and psychology at Gordon College, Luke realized that he wanted to return to Vermont to focus on woodworking full time. Luke now lives in Middletown Springs with his two fantastic children, and is proud to work with Green Mountain Timber Frames to preserve New England’s historic houses and barns.
Luke loves the challenges of designing new timber frame homes and barns as well as the unique demands of restoring frames from the past. Every restoration project provides an opportunity to learn from the craftsmen who worked long ago, and people notice Luke’s excitement and passion for quality craftsmanship.
Luke also enjoys building furniture, gardening and playing the fiddle. Dan and Luke often play a few old tunes together when a timber frame is completed, to put a little music back into the beams.