Mike first started woodworking at age ten with the help of a mentor. During high school, he worked as a wooden boat-building apprentice at Arey's Pond Boat Yard on Cape Cod. Being from Vermont, it was natural for Mike to attend the Vermont Woodworking School. He now holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Fine Woodworking and Furniture Design. When Mike is not at the Shelburne Craft School he can be found studying at the University of Vermont, where is he currently pursuing a teaching degree.