From Steven Kale, the founder of Paradise Woods:"During the late 1800s, my Great Grandfather, Ebsolon Kale, was a carpenter in Catawba County, North Carolina. He taught his woodcraft skills to his son, my Grandfather Jonas Kale. In 1890, at the age of 22, Jonas struck out on his own to practice his trade and build elaborate Victorian houses for the wealthy around Dallas, Texas. He was an extremely gifted craftsman but did not have a clue ab out being a good businessman. Meeting with limited success as a home builder, he made the unenviable decision to become a cotton farmer instead. Fast-forward to 1947. Steven Kale was born in Texas, the son of an engineer. My father "Hank" Kale had a mind for calculations, not carpentry.
I wanted to follow in my father's footsteps but when I encountered calculus in high school, I discovered that the engineering gene had apparently skipped over a generation. I quickly realized that my heart had been tugging me towards the theater anyway.
With my academic plans fully shifted to the stage, I received my Bachelor's Degree in Drama I taught acting and speech at the high school level for 5 years and grew hungry for a graduate program. Helping build dozens of theater sets kept me interested and involved with carpentry and tools. After graduate school and my Master's Degree , I moved to Oregon in a quest to find the perfect teaching position.With woodcraft I'm almost entirely self-taught.
I've found that this gives me the freedom to try different things, act impulsively, and, when it suits me, even break the rules of carpentry. Inventiveness and adaptability are keys to originality. I learned early on to adapt woodcraft techniques and developed a keen eye for wood selection. I now enjoy the advantage of over 40 high-end craft galleries in the US, including 5 National Parks. What began as a hobby during my spare time evolved into something much more serious."