in 1928, Phil grew up in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where he worked with his
father as a mason, carpenter, and woodworker. He became fascinated with
parquetry, and tried the technique of inlaying fine wood into patterns.
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settled in Pennsylvania with his wife Rhoda and their four children. After
three heart attacks before the age of fifty, Phil and Rhoda made the decision
to move to Florida. A chance encounter at a flea market introduced Phil
to the world of gemstones. He soon took lessons in the lapidary arts and
bought himself a Cab-Mate, then a faceting machine, and set up his own shop
at home. He then started putting stones together in patterns like he used
to in wood. In 1988 he saw a "Lapidary Journal" article featuring
Nicolai Medvedev, which called the work he was making intarsia, a 500-year-old
art from Italy. That newfound knowledge gave him inspiration to perfect
this difficult technique.
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the next ten years Phil not only created magnificent award winning intarsias,
but taught the art form as well. He has also produced two prize-winning
videos, Introduction to Intarsia and Intricate Intarsia to help continue
this fine art tradition.