Todd was raised in Phoenix, Arizona where he attended Arizona State University majoring in manufacturing, engineering and design technology from 1970 - 1975. He moved to Bisbee, Arizona in 1976 and started woodturning. He has taught many workshops over the last twenty-five years in the US, Canada, Ireland and Australia. His work is included in many museums including the National Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian Institute and the Detroit Institute of Art, along with many private collections.
Todd's work has been based on change. Each piece and idea is an integral step on the path of growth. From his production items where he learned the use of tools and techniques to his vessels where he explored the material, each step has been towards gaining a greater understanding of the material and himself. His creative process is reliant on the need not to be dazzled and stalled by technique nor the beauty of the material. For him, success is to move forward, balancing the manipulation of the form and expression with the organic nature of wood.