I make two styles of work. One is furniture, wall panels and platters with carved and stained imagery that is inspired by photographs that I take. The other is furniture inspired by everyday objects. These styles lend themselves to two, equally fulfilling, modes of work: intense concentration on one-of-a-kind pieces, and having fun designing and making limited production furniture.
I grew up in Needham, Massachusetts in an area of town that is walking distance to the Charles River, fields, and woodland. This experience has affected the way I look at nature, how to capture it with a camera and then translate the photograph into a carved and stained image on a wood surface. Asian pottery and prints, scrimshaw, and illustration techniques all influence this body of work.
I enjoy finding alternative functional uses for objects. My intent is to find an object whose form can be re-interpreted as a piece of furniture, perhaps with a few tweaks. I often find inspiration going through old barns, antique stores, or stumbling upon something around the house. This body of work shares the basic forms of Early American folk art and uses several construction methods, including mortice and tenon, metal work, turning, and both hand and machine shaping.