Shay is a Los Angeles native who was introduced to woodworking at a young age and always loved working with her hands. As an adult, she pursued a career in software development but eventually left the job behind to follow her rediscovered love for woodworking when she took her very first furniture making class at Allied Woodshop. She worked at Angel City Lumber while continuing her studies in woodworking at Cerritos College until 2019 when she made the decision to enroll in the Krenove School to further pursue her woodworking career. Now back at Allied Woodshop, where it all began, Shay has been busy working on various commissioned projects continuing to hone her skills as a woodworker and furniture designer. She also teaches the Hand Tool Woodworking: Japanese Tool Box class.