I have been working with wood my entire life. I have a scar from the time I was 4 years old and learning to use a coping saw. I have always been drawn to the beauty wood. There is a sense of connection working with a material, unique for it’s particular history.
Wood permits a good deal of freedom in my designs. It can be both rigid and supple, both support and ornament, both plain and mysterious, as light and luminescent as water or as dense and opaque as rock. Wood expresses and inspires emotion by transcending its function to connect with the spirit. But function is a critical element in my furniture. I want my work to inspire and excite, but all my work is intended for everyday use.
I also think there is something special about a piece of furniture that is made entirely from start to finish by one person. I put my heart into my work. Each piece is unique and I always work to honor the beauty of the wood and provide it a worthy second life, a life that will outlast me and be used and treasured for generations.
Woodworking is not what I do, it’s who I am.
When people ask why I chose woodworking I tell them I didn’t.