Josh received his BSME from Yale University in 1989 and promptly bicycled across the country to San Francisco where he pursued an interest in alternative energy and worked for Pacific Gas & Electric on energy conservation programs. A desire to bring head, hands and heart together led Josh to the Heartwood School in Massachusetts where he fell in love with timberframing and ecological building during two summers as an apprentice, and has pursued these paths through a wide variety of natural materials, handmade paper, stained glass, and of course timbers of all shapes, sizes, and species. He delights in the creation of homes that nourish community during the building process and that provide healthy, soulful, beautiful shelter. Josh continues to teach timber framing workshops at Heartwood School, Yestermorrow School, and Rocky Mountain Workshops. Prior to co-founding TimberHomes LLC, Josh spent two years at Big Timberworks in Bozeman, MT and then three years building a home for his parents before partnering with Ben Yeomans to form Humble Abode.
In August 2019, Josh and family headed to France for a ten month sabbatical of sorts which has turned into a four year adventure, living in Chamborigaud – a small village in the Cevennes – and spending summers back in Vermont. And while a good day can still involve more chisels than mice, lunch on the knoll, and a bike ride with the family, it can also look like a quiet morning modeling while the Vermonters are all sleeping, crafting a handsome estimate, taking a midday bike ride to a favorite swimming hole on the Luech River, and an afternoon sprinkled with transatlantic zoom meetings. Josh now lives with his wife Geraldine and their two boys, Olivier and Matisse, in an old stone house with hewn chestnut timbers and no roof insulation!