The world of children is full of wonder, imagination, and whimsy.
I believe that the finest furniture is handcrafted with great attention to every detail, and that the strength of the relationship between the maker, the design, and the wood is evident in the final product. My goal is to create objects that are pleasing to the eye, a joy to use, and still in service long after I am gone.
I've had the rare privilege of sculpting my handmade pipes from earth's oldest, most magnificent briar burls
My work has always been concerned with exposing the invisible. My early pieces used simple forms to reveal the grain patterns of the wood - the interior structure of a tree. My recent work shares these concerns but also seeks to reveal patterns that resonate with my interior life.
My work has evolved as my skills have grown. I plan on that evolution to continue. Evolution is crucial to longevity. Balance is too. Balance between function and form, strength and finesse, skill and sense, time-honored tradition and new direction.
Wood can be a very sensual medium, depending on the approach and how it is used. While I was trained in traditional methods of furniture construction and joinery and apply those methods in my designs, my main interest and focus in my work is an exploration of form. To achieve this, each of my pieces involve some amount of carving and shaping, which I do through the use of both hand and power tools. In some of my pieces, I like to explore different textures and surface treatments, sometimes using paint over those surfaces. When designing my furniture pieces, I strive for a dynamic interaction between the elements of the overall design - how the various forms relate to each other and how negative space works with the overall piece. I like my work to project a warm presence that is inviting to the user.
Everyday life holds a myriad of small funny instances. Uncovering these in a piece of wood and adding resonance with paint is very rewarding.
Before I finish a bird, I need to get a feel for it with my eyes closed. Sometimes it’s done. Most times it’s not.
I get a thrill out of working with extremely beautiful woods. To paint with woods means that you not only deal with color, but the individual properties of the wood itself. Some woods are extremely dull and flat-looking, with who knows what kind of grain, while others may be slick, shiny, bright and demanding on your eyes. Sounds like people!
I believe in recycling materials to create works of art that will last lifetimes. Thus, I create art pieces from people’s trees that have been downed by hurricanes, tornadoes, wind or termite damage.