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Reuben grew up in Mukwonago, Wisconsin, a small town outside of Milwaukee. He discovered a passion for furniture design and making while attending the University of Wisconsin in Madison and has been working in the field ever since.
After undergrad, Reuben worked as a cabinetmaker in the United Kingdom and New England, a furniture restorer in Milwaukee, and a furniture designer and maker in San Diego. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Art at San Diego State University with an emphasis on furniture design and digital fabrication. Now, in addition to his studio practice, he is a teacher.
Reuben is a passionate object maker and has taught at art/craft centers across the country. These schools include the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Penland School of Crafts. He has been a lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, San Diego State University, and Cuyamaca College in California. He currently teaches full-time and is the Chair of the Woodworking Manufacturing Technologies Department at Cerritos College. He maintains a studio practice in his live/work space in Long Beach, California.
Being well acquainted with both traditional and high-tech woodworking techniques, Reuben strives to elegantly combine these divergent methods in his studio practice and the classroom. Technologies like computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) are standard in the industry and offer compelling opportunities for bespoke designers. Often the inspiration for his work stems from the intersection of the old way and new way of making things.



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