After studying at the Ontario College of Art, Ron worked as a commercial photographer and graphic designer before turning his attention to furniture. In 1987 he started Carriage House Designs, designing and building limited production and commissioned furniture for clients in both Canada and the United States. In 1992 he moved to Perth, Ontario to continue working on commissions from a studio a short stroll from his home near Otty Lake.
While his work is influenced by a wide variety of historical furniture styles, he also draws inspiration from outside the tradition of furniture making. Such diverse sources as Japanese architecture, early 20th century industrial design and the forms of his natural surroundings are all echoed in his work.
A founding member of The Furniture Society, Ron has an enthusiasm for furniture making and design that he has shared with students at Rosewood Studio since 2002. In July 2007, he became the owner and program director of the school, where he continues to draw on over thirty years of experience designing and building furniture.