Through most of my life wood has played a part in what I do even when I was doing other things. My wood working education is entirely experiential started by my paternal grandfather who taught me furniture repair when I was ten. More recently I started turning in 1997 and began my adventure with carving in 2006.
My work is in private collections across the Americas as well as Europe, Australia, and Asia.
All of the wood I use is indigenous to the United States; in most cases it is local. I do not use endangered, tropical hardwoods nor do I cut down a tree just to have the wood. Much of the wood I use is brought to me by friends. Because of the "local" nature of my raw material, I know something of the history of almost every piece of wood I work. In most cases I know where the tree lived, what human beings were or are connected to it, at least something of its life, often far too much about its death, and lastly how old it was when it died.
To me the process of working with the kinds of materials I use and creating something from them is spiritual. If I am successful in making something from this wood, then the tree lives on in another form, hopefully one of beauty. The story of the wood, the process of working it, and the end result are all equally important to me.