Don Eisele was born and raised in Kansas and still lives there.
After receiving a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from K-State, Don continued to stay on to work for the University in Manhattan, Kansas. He currently is the Web Systems Engineering Team Lead in IT at K-State.
Commonly Don jokes that he has so many hobbies that it's quicker to list the things he doesn't do than the things he does. Woodworking is one of the primary of these hobbies, and he has been producing boxes, puzzles, and other wooden objects since 1998.
In 2015, Don helped organize the Flint Hills Woodturners 501c(3) organization, and continues to be active with that group. He is also a member of the Kansas Quality Woodworkers Association.
One of the other hobbies that helped drive the woodworking is playing card and board games. Don played, developed online tools, and ran many tournaments for the "Legend of the Five Rings" card game over the course of several years. In that time, he made thousands of projects to give away as prizes for those tournaments.Don's other leisure activity is aikido. Currently a shodan in the United States Aikido Federation, Don helps run the local Tatsumaki Aikikai dojo, and teaches regularly. Not surprisingly, Don has made many wooden practice weapons for himself and his fellow aikido practitioners over the years. Don also has a shodan in iaido with Seishinkan Iaido and leads classes in Kansas and Missouri. On the list of stuff to do is to start making saya (sword sheathes) for katana and iaito.
In 2015, Don got married and now has two toddlers. He hopes to continue the woodworking with another generation of woodworkers.