Thursday, January 1, 2009

About Me

I live and work in Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, USA. I make sculptural fine furniture using a mixture of traditional and new techniques. I try hard to minimize the environmental impact of my work. I have chosen to use North American Ash and Cherry (which I buy sustainably sourced when available). I, also, choose not to work in tropical or other exotic hardwoods as I believe that they cannot be sustainably harvested or harvested without significant environmental damage.

I am a co-founder of the Port Townsend School of Woodworking with Jim Tolpin and John Marckworth. The school started classes in Fall 2007. Check the website for our full range of classes for the beginner to advanced woodworker.

Artist's Statement:
I draw my inspiration from winged creatures. The flick of a raised wing, the curve of a swan's breast and the open wings of a resting butterfly may all be seen in my work. I blend these graceful and powerful curves into elegant, functional, fine furniture. I use and celebrate the natural diversity of line and colour in the grain of North American hardwoods.

Furniture Making Education:

Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, Maine in 2001. With support from the Teresa Lawson Woodworking Fellowship.

Juried Shows
The "Amperstand" - First Annual Alumni Show, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, June 25-August 27, 2004. Jurors: Bebe Johnson, Pritam and Eames Gallery, Easthampton NY and John Lavine, editor of "Woodwork" magazine
.The (new) "Amperstand" - Merit Award, Art Port Townsend, Northwind Gallery, Port Townsend, October 2006. Juror: Susan Parke, Curator, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA
"Winged Music Stand" - Cascadia: Studio Furniture from Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska, Maltwood Museum University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. June 15th - August 20th 2007.

Galleries:
You may have seen my work in the following galleries:

Salt Spring Woodworks - 125 Church Road, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada

Northwest Fine Woodworking - 101 S. Jackson St, Seattle, Washington 98104, USA

Shows:

Port Townsend Woodworker's Show 2006 - 2008

Publications:
Woodworker West, January - February 2007
Woodwork (106), August 2007
Affiliations:
The Furniture Society
The Splintergroup -- organizers of the Port Townsend Woodworker's Show

First Commission:

Building a replacement tailskid for a 1909 Bleriot Monoplane

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