Before Glen’s sixth birthday, his father (Malcolm) became a homebuilder in Cincinnati, Ohio area, so he grew up in woodworking. When Glen was 12 years old, Malcolm began building reproduction furniture as a hobby – Glen’s career path was set.
Before turning 14 years old, Glen was turning at the lathe, then moved on to build a Sheraton Field Bed with many hours of help from his father. (That bed is still around today.) During later years he finished high school while working on his father’s job sites during his summers, doing all stages of work in home construction.
While attending the University of Cincinnati, and with intentions that he would one day run his own business, Glen completed his education with degrees in finance and accounting. After graduation, he decided to open and operate a homebuilding business, dragging his semi-retired father back to work.
Cold winters and mud-laden springs forced Glen to look at other opportunities. He began building stairs, fireplace walls, paneling and built-in units for homebuilders, all in the comfort of a woodshop. A decision was then made to begin a new career building reproduction furniture, so he closed the doors on one business to open another. This was full-circle back to building reproduction furniture; a place Glen knew he was meant to be.
After a meeting with the editors of Popular Woodworking, he began to have articles published on pieces built for customers. Along with the articles, Glen authored four project-based woodworking books (one of which is a compilation of 18th-century designs) and one book on carpentry. In late 2005, Glen joined the magazine staff as a full-time editor. After a short hiatus to build high-end furniture for a single patron, Glen returned to Popular Woodworking as the magazine’s managing editor. He was then made editor and content director of American Woodworker until the parent company closed the title.
In 2014, Glen joins Charles Bender and Robert W. Lang in a start-up media company destined to change the way woodworking information is delivered.