My work varies greatly in size and complexity. I always strive for quality pieces with graceful flowing lines and pleasing shapes. I employ a broad range of techniques and am constantly borrowing and adapting ideas from others. I often try to combine ideas about form, subject matter and methods, in unique ways to express my own values (balance, unity and the inherent beauty in nature).
In my shop, very little goes to waste. The cut-offs from larger projects become stock for smaller works (bottle stoppers, pens, razors, spinning tops); the shavings become fodder for compost; and the pieces that don’t turn out as planned, become designer fuel for my backyard firepit. I am particularly drawn to wood with irregular grain, natural edges, bark inclusions, interesting figure and occasional cracks. I try to exploit the unique characteristics in each piece of wood to uncover the subtle stories hidden under the bark.
A brief description of some techniques follows.
These bowls are typically crafted from reclaimed hardwood flooring. Each bowl contains 120+ pieces of wood. Segmented woodturning is a process that combines different materials, tools, skill, form, precision, artistry, logic and patience. Segmented turning allows me to create whatever size and shape I want because I am not limited by the physical characteristics of a single piece of wood. It starts with creating a design, cutting little pieces of wood at precise angles and gluing the pieces together to form circular rings. Next the circular rings are stacked and glued one on top the other. A solid ring is glued to the bottom and then the whole stack is mounted on the lathe. The piece is turned, inside and out, to remove the corners and reveal the final shape. The bowl is then sanded and several layers of protective food-safe finish are applied. Consideration for grain orientation, wood movement, and a commitment to accuracy at every stage, are critical in this type of work. It takes about 40 hours to complete one bowl.