I have been an artist/maker my whole life; things of all forms and functions and different materials, but the material I find myself always drawn back to is wood, green wood especially. Working with green wood (wood that has been recently cut and has not had an opportunity to season / dry) allows me to make a physical connection to my pieces unlike any other medium I've worked in. There is something very special about cutting open a log and seeing the colors and amazing grain, coupled with the earthy smell. I keep my designs classically clean to allow the natural beauty of the wood to shine. I believe that my job as a wood artist is to be an editor of Mother Nature’s best work, to highlight the natural beauty of the material.
I am grateful to have grown up in Pennsylvania surrounded by the Allegheny National Forest and believe in honoring the area by being as sustainable as possible. My materials are all sourced locally, urban trees; storm damaged trees as well as logs from local logging companies that practice sustainable forestry. None of the wood goes to waste. The sections that are not turned into forms become a heat source for my workshop in the winter months, and the shavings are used by local blueberry farms for fertilization, or as bedding for animal coops.
I enjoy pushing my design boundaries… Whether you are looking for something small, or something truly gigantic, I would love the opportunity to work with you.
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