The one constant in my life has been working with wood. My father, Harry Ayres, is a master carpenter who, along with his brother, architect Thomas Ayres, are responsible for many of the beautiful cedar and fir homes dotting the northern Oregon coast. I graduated from treehouse carpentry at the age of 12, when I worked on my first house with my father and uncle. Every summer I would join their crew and work, learning more and more of the craft, while spending the rest of the year working on scholastic pursuits. After finishing college with degrees in English Literature and History, I immersed myself in the artistic community of Eugene, Oregon. Local musicians would often commission me to build traveling cases for instruments, studio furniture, and other small things they needed. It was at this point that my mother asked me to build her a house, with little more than a picture from a magazine to initially guide me. This project had two results: one, that I knew I wanted to return to woodworking full time; and two, that I wanted to control the project from start to finish. I returned to Eugene and began working for a carpentry outfit while spending weekends and evenings in my shop designing and building furniture pieces. I enjoyed building houses, but found myself far more inspired every time I entered my furniture shop. When graduate school took my wife and I to Bellingham, Washington, I saw the opportunity to begin furniture making full time. I was able to move into the shop of Tom Dolese (owner of Terra Firma Design), and, over the course of the next year, learn the techniques of the Arts and Crafts style. During this year I met Martin Shelton (owner of Flotsam Designs) and was introduced to the work of James Krenov, who Martin studied under, as well as the value of simple, clean lines and intense attention to detail. I spent the next year and a half working with Martin and trying to develop a style of my own: a merging of many elements of early 20th century work. We have now moved to the southern Oregon coast and it is here that I have set up my shop and am designing and building furniture of own.