As a boy, Bruin was extremely curious and fought the constant urge to fiddle with things to find out how they worked. He sees objects as a jigsaw puzzle just waiting to be torn apart then put back together. Bruin initially began studying to be an architect; however, switched to carpentry because it quenched his thirst for more hands-on experience. Bruin spent much of his life in Connecticut, where he became an extremely efficient carpenter in addition to building many houses and home additions. He is fortunate to have been able to work beside many accomplished New England artisans in the home building trade. Bruin, ‘the Bear,’ got his name from his father who was a pro-football player in the 60s and used to wrestle bears to keep in shape.