Originally from Beckley, WV, David worked in the private sector making custom cabinetry for seven years before beginning work with the Wood Science Department in the spring of 2002. He received his undergraduate degree in Wood Science and a masters degree in Ecology from Virginia Tech. He's lived an adventurous lifestyle, enjoying hiking, whitewater rafting, and other outdoor sports in places such as Alaska, Vermont, and Virginia. He also writes short essays based on his travels and outdoor experiences. David said the most rewarding part of his current job is using his woodworking training to help students and faculty on their research projects.