I love the beauty and warmth of wood, and the parallel lines created by the summer and winter growth of a tree. I spend as much time as necessary to find the perfect wood grain pattern to complement the shape and flow of my designs.
My process for making new work involves finding a source of inspiration, ruminating ideas, sketching and revising, and then figuring out how to make the object I have designed. The execution process then invariably involves the use of one of my two most beloved shop tools: the lathe and the micromotor carver. Even if my final sculpture appears to be untouched by a lathe, I have often used woodturning in the early stages as a part of the joinery or shaping process. I think of woodturning and carving as drawing in three dimensions, and both appeal to me immensely because they are so well suited to making curves, which are a defining feature of my work.