Phillip Reed and his wife Betsy have lived in Central Illinois their entire lives. They live on a small hobby farm in the heavily wooded and very beautiful Illinois river valley.
Mr. Reed worked his entire career as an “Industrial Tool Designer” for Caterpillar Tractor Co. in Peoria, IL.
Retiring in 1997, Phil now enjoys many different hobbies. In late winter, he is busy collecting sap and boiling it down to make maple syrup. In summer, he enjoys vegetable gardening, maintaining his bluebird trail, bicycling, kayaking, and sailing. As the leaves begin to change, he is in the basement crushing apples for cider; to the delight of the entire neighborhood. And during the long cold Illinois winters, you will find him out in his workshop building beautiful wooden boats.