Sam Newman was born in Chicago and raised in Columbus, Ohio. While he started his life journey somewhere in the midwest, it all got a lot more real upon entering Alfred, New York. He was initially interested in ceramics, but his thirst for knowledge brought him to discover many new materials. He has continued his quest for material knowledge here in Detroit, including a long foray into wood tools which could still be used after the world as we know it ends. Starting in 2012, he has funneled this knowledge into Newman Building & Salvage.