Bob Ristow lives in Hopkinton, IA with his wife. They have 2 children and 5 grandchildren. Bob has been making Shaker Oval boxes for 5 years. His interest in the boxes began with a visit to the Canterbury Shaker Village in Canterbury, New Hampshire. He has taught at the Waldorf Woodcarving Weekend in Forest City, IA; Woodcarving Rendezvous in West Glacier, Montana; North House Folk School, Grand Marais, MN; and at various woodcarving clubs and businesses. Bob also enjoys woodcarving, woodturning, wine making and fiber arts.