Working from my shop in Maryland, I source local woods from MD, WV, PA, and VA with distinguishing character. Most of my wood comes from trees damaged in storms, diseased trees taken down by professionals, or wood that was otherwise destined to become firewood, mulch, or building supplies. What others don't want, I crave, and use to create works of art. Using a lathe, I turn the wood blanks into bowls that are a blend of art and utility. The finishes I use offer durability, yet allow the natural look and feel of the wood to come through. Finally, I pay particular attention to good form, with clean curves and proportions that please the eye.
We are always amazed at the inherent beauty of wood. We are especially fascinated in working with veneers, first because many of the most figured and exotic woods are available only in this form, but also because of the unique technical and design challenges presented to us when working with these fragile layers. From the beginning process of bending and shaping the veneer to the addition of the delicate details, each piece becomes an evolving sculpture. When we apply the final hand-rubbed finish to the completed work, the figure and colors of the wood come alive and the details we have added are instantly enhanced; each final piece is different from the last and is a continual source of joy and surprise.
Together we make hand-hewn & turned wood bowls layered with oil glazes, gilding, & intricately hand-painted design. Their interiors become a canvas for stories in pattern and patinated gold, while the simply finished exteriors remain true to the wood itself. Guided by an old world palette, our painting style stems from classical sources such as ancient textiles and illuminated manuscripts. Our own histories in traditional furniture-making & mural-painting led us to this happy collaboration.