Blackwood Watch

 

While exploring on our creek one day with my little boy, I heard, “Daddy, this looks cool”.  I turned to see the edge of a blackened piece of wood sticking up from the gravel bar.  We dug and washed it off in the cool water, and sure enough, it was a spectacular piece of oak that had been underwater slowly absorbing iron for so long that it was ebonized all the way through.  Completely waterlogged, I heaved the piece on my shoulder and carried it to the studio where it rested and dried for two years.  Blackwood Watch makes me feel somewhat uncomfortable, like a tower looking out over the land.  It evokes emotion from the intricate carved recesses, and the menacing way it interacts with space.  Oak, maple, bronze.  70″ x 18″ x 13″

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Floor Lamp

 

 

This lamp came from a project to create some pendent lights.  It is of ash and walnut, with steel rings encircling the shade.  Finished with acrylic, this fun lamp is like inviting a cool person to your party to liven things up.  94″ x 18″ x 24″

She

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Since people first figured out how to manipulate solid materials, the human form has been sculpted.  Having found a large chunk of big leaf mahogany that mysteriously ended up in a barn in Kentucky, I thought it worthy of the same.  She sits atop spalted maple and dyed concrete.

 

Gear Bench

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A supplier in Michigan called one day to say he was stopping by on his way south with some nice walnut slabs.  The next day, he arrived and a load of lumber was purchased.

In 2009, the original engine in my Volkswagen bus locked up, while having a new engine built, I disassembled the original and found the culprit…a seized bearing.  Since the crankshaft was of no use for an engine I set it aside for future use.

The Gear Bench is the marriage of walnut slab and Volkswagen crankshaft.  It is a beautiful marriage.  18″ x 25″ x 54″  2014

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The Rokker

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I paced around the studio one day in September looking at my wood pile waiting for something to jump out at me. I needed to build a piece for an upcoming show. Finally, just like usual, I picked up a board, and then another, and another, and began to cut. I glued and clamped and waited, and eventually made a butcher block that I thought would make a cool coffee table.
Then, on a whim, I grabbed my carving grinder and made a chair seat out of that butcher block. There were four turned legs on the shelf, so I drilled mortises for them and found two pieces of walnut for the back uprights, then a piece of cherry with curved grain for the crest. How about rockers? More cutting, gluing, and waiting. How about two sets of rockers that would form both the base and the arms? A piece of leather could be drilled and dyed for the back, and sand, sand, sand.. So it went until “The Rokker” was born.

 

Waterfall Credenza

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The Waterfall Credenza

This piece, made of curly walnut and Honduran mahogany features six sliding doors and is completely finished all the way around.  Inside, the credenza has six adjustable walnut shelves.  It is a one of a kind, and is available for purchase.

30″x72″x22″