Jim Kricker      
    Jim Kricker       Jim grew up in the Catskill Mountain - Hudson Valley region of New York State where he spent his early years in the shops of his father and grandfather. It was here that he developed a deep appreciation for traditional craft, tools, and historic building. Jim undertook his first mill project in the early 70’s. It was while doing research for this project that he met Master Miller Charlie Howell, who was to become a life long friend and mentor.
   Along a somewhat parallel trajectory came a keen interest in wooden sailing craft. Jim has avidly pursued both interests and branched out in complimentary directions with Rondout Woodworking.
    Along with his 40+ years of experience, much with Rondout Woodworking, Jim has been involved with SPOOM, the Timber Framer’s Guild, Hands House Studio, and other historic building groups, working as an on site project leader, educator, and speaker. Through these combined activities Jim has followed his passion for building and historic preservation.