Purple heart, beech, polyurethane
My work is a conversation of balance between my need to sculpt wood and natural tree growth, Using traditional drafting methods, every piece begins as a full-scale design drawing on paper. Through the use of heavy machinery, wood is measured, cut and reassembled into new forms. I rely on other materials to embellish my pieces and physically strengthen potentially weak areas. I look to historical practices, archival standards and personal skill to create necessary structural and functional qualities needed to accommodate the continuous shrinking and expansion of wooden artworks. It is deeply important to me to design and manipulate natural material into new objects that will stand the test of time and be enjoyed by generations to come. I respect the lives of trees that make my work possible and cherish the opportunity to react to the natural beauty of each piece of wood that I encounter.