Since I was a young child, I have always had a fascination with the grain and color of wood. This has driven my need to create with this material. I was a custom cabinetmaker for twenty-five years. That allowed me to earn a living and did allow me to have some degree of creativity in design and construction while working with wood. During those years, I usually had a lathe of some sort in my shop that was mostly used for reproduction and repair work.
I gradually gravitated towards the lathe to try to bring out the unique character of each piece of wood. I also began collecting, (hoarding?), unusual and interesting pieces of domestic and exotic woods.
Today, I no longer build custom cabinets. I spend my time turning wood and my turnings include ?warts and all?; using the voids in the wood, bark inclusions, natural cracks and insect holes to let the material guide me to its final design. These characteristics highlight the uniqueness of each piece of wood. The lathe allows me to have a very intimate, almost sensual contact with the wood. Each turning begins with a basic idea but I am often nudged in another direction by the quirks in the material. This synergy between me, the turner and the wood, often leads to surprising results. The combination of idea, hand and material leads to a endless path of discovery.
I am constantly amazed by the end result. Each piece of wood seems to come to life with its own personality.