Elia is by profession a chairmaker, by sweet tooth a beekeeper, and for the joy of a big goofy grin he is a dancer. He was organically grown in the North Carolina Piedmont by a pair of wonderfully insane parents who hauled him to his first contra dance at the tender age of ten. This was a befuddling disaster. At age 18, he discovered that dancing was not sheer torture after all. In fact, it was sort of fun — now he can’t stop. Elia’s daily commute consists of walking twenty paces to the shop where he splits local logs left from hurricanes and ice storms into elegantly turned Windsor chairs. When working wood, Elia is “as content as a toad on a damp stump” and he dances “like a hailstorm in a nutcracker factory.” Hand Tool Woodworking