I have worked with wood for over two decades, building furniture, and decorative jewelry and keepsake boxes. During this time I have learned from a number of wonderful woodworkers, including Stephen Proctor, Doug Stowe, Michael Fortune, and Mike Pekovich.
I use native hardwoods such as cherry, maple, oak, and walnut, many from managed forests, and exotic woods including paduk, sapele, and zebrawood, or natural materials such as ceramic tiles and sandstone. All of the furniture and boxes shown on the website, as well as unique commissioned pieces, can be made in different woods, combinations of woods, and sizes.
In building a unique piece, two concepts underlie my designs: to create pieces that highlight the wood grain and color and to build pieces that one wants to touch and use. I use relatively simple designs based on squares, rectangles, and gentle curves, and often incorporate woods of different colors into the piece. I also like to experiment with texture, from rough-hewn to highly polished surfaces. In designing a commissioned work, the final design is the result of a back-and- forth conversation that produces a long-lasting object that gives satisfaction each time the owner looks at and uses it. My work has been shown at the Artisans United Gallery, Annandale, VA; Bodzin Art Gallery of the Jewish Community Center, Fairfax, VA; UU Gallery Exhibition, Richmond, VA; Barn Show, Timberville, VA; the Fall Foliage Festival, Waynesboro, VA; Art-at- the-Mill, Millwood, VA; and the gift shop of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA