The origins of Woodworking can be traced to ancient man. Originally created for utilitarian purposes, the creation of weapons and tools, the evolution of woodworking closely follows that of man.
It is in ancient Chinese and Egyptian cultures that we can most easily trace the advent of new techniques, such as the original use of veneers, and processes, like the first known application of varnishes. Wonderfully simple and infinitely complex modern woodworking covers a broad spectrum of methods, products and uses.
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.
The Vermont Box Collection is an extension of my interest in antiques, small scale chests and collectible boxes. My apprenticeship began at a young age. My father taught me the key joinery techniques and I also developed my skills at design and understanding proportion from my parents’ involvement in antique restoration.
For inspiration I draw on what I call "the hand of man in nature." My greatest respect is given to craftsmen who integrate the constructed with the natural; a Japanese garden and its borrowed scene, a Wright house tucked beneath the brow of a hill, the manicured way that the Blue Ridge Parkway cuts through the wilderness. My work joins the organic with the synthetic in a manner which although it is not invisible, it is seamless and it is unified by the common chaos of the burl wood and the inlay.
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