About
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STATEMENT

My aesthetic is based on nature’s small wonders, flowers, leaves, and fruit as well as the female form. I appreciate soft, sensual forms that have an interplay of curves and movement.

 

I create with solid wood for its intrinsic value, virility, and rapidity of execution. The grain and beauty of the wood have little influence on the initial design concept. I visualize a new work in matte black and believe that if a piece has a presence draped in black, and if the work is executed with deftness and passion then the beauty of the wood will reveal itself. 

 

TECHNIQUE

I build much of my work using the stack lamination process where smaller pieces of wood are glued together to form much larger pieces or "blanks". This stack lamination process provides strength, scale, and endless artistic possibilities. Once the blank is completed, I rough out the work with chainsaws and automobile disk grinders. As the final form emerges, I taper to more delicate power tools and finally hand tools to define the details and the perfectly baby-butt smooth curved surfaces.

 

TRAINING

I learned woodworking in junior high school industrial arts and had my first commission, a blanket chest, while a high school senior. At college, I studied under Bobby Falwell, a graduate student of Wendell Castle. Immediately upon graduating college I opened my shop in Evanston, Illinois. In 2012, after a few decades, detours, and zigging when I should have zagged, I set up my current shop in Albuquerque, NM.

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS & AWARD

  • Mesa Arts Center, 40th Annual Crafts Exhibition, Mesa, AZ, 2019

  • Custom Woodworking & Design Portfolio, 1st Place Specialty Furniture, Handel Leaf Desk, Chicago, IL, 2013

  • Furniture with Soul, Featured Artist, Devon, England, 2011

  • Cincinnati Art Museum: Outside the Ordinary, Cincinnati, OH 2009

  • Mint Museum, Autumn Leaf Table, Permanent Collection, Charlotte, NC 2007

  • HGTV Modern Masters, Featured Artist, Denver, CO 2006

  • Materials Hard and Soft, Denton, TX 2006 & 2019

  • American Crafts Exhibition, Evanston, IL, 2006

  • Smithsonian Fine Craft Show, Washington D.C., 2005 (Accepted 2006 & 2007 but did not show)

  • SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2005, 2006, 2008

  • American Crafts Council Show Juror, New York, NY, 2004

  • Marigold Arts, One Man Show, Santa Fe, NM 2002

  • NICHES Award 1st Place Furniture, Baltimore, MD 2002 and 2003