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.
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.
Early on I was inspired by simple, rural vernacular and Shaker furniture. Over time, I found that the bright colors and unusual trim details in Scandinavian and Eastern European country furniture blended well with the reclaimed lumber and miscellaneous architectural details I enjoy incorporating into my work. Much of the idea for the various carved crests on my mirrors evolved from crests found on early New England grave markers.
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.
I love my work. Although being my own boss often means working 12 to 15 hours a day, I never mentally tire of my work. That’s probably because I feel that my carvings are simple and fun, which is the way I like to approach life.
Since 1989 I have been creating furniture, artwork and home accessories from salvaged and discarded materials. I take pleasure in the challenge of transforming materials that otherwise would be in the landfill into functional, well-built furnishings and also enjoy the rustic look that is created from existing character wood of nail hole ridden and beaten salvaged wood.
My goal is to make furniture that is beautiful to look at, sensuous to touch, and a joy to use.