Born and raised in Greensburg, PA, Don Hobaugh’s passion for woodworking began at the age of 14 as he watched his father and uncle refinish and reupholster furniture. After a 32-year career as a dedicated teacher in vocational education, he is now retired and pursuing his life-long dream of becoming a furniture designer and builder. He lives and works in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, where he creates his rustic furniture pieces in a shop that he built on his scenic wooded property. He spends a lot of time observing the beauty and variety of trees surrounding his home, and builds most of his furniture from local milled woods – including Wormy Oak, Red Oak, White Oak, Poplar, Walnut, Ash, Butternut, and Wormy Chestnut. He particularly loves finding and using wood from local barns to create his one-of-a-kind furniture pieces.