When Daumiller was in elementary school, he began creating furniture. He created a desk and a wardrobe with a buddy, had them built by a local carpentry business, and created the sculptured handles himself. After graduating from high school, being a cabinetmaker apprentice seemed like the obvious next step for someone who was so driven to manual labor.
Additional education was provided through Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy as well as a weekly visit from a teacher from the Stuttgart Waldorf School. Steiner was an Austrian philosopher, social reformer, and architect. Based on what each particular piece of wood revealed to them, he showed them how to construct something out of what appeared to be random bits of wood. This strategy molded Daumiller’s innate ability to listen to materials and let their inherent qualities influence the design.