For many years, as an aside to running a custom cabinet shop, I have been developing a marquetry technique using twig branches sliced into veneers. For a long time the challenges I addressed were mostly technical . I simply did not have the time to think deeply about design. Recently I have been able to shift focus to working exclusively on my furniture, paying much more attention to nontechnical ideas. I have been studying historical furniture and looking at pieces made by the extraordinary range of contemporary studio craftsmen. I also have been able to spend contemplative time in the woods, immersing myself in the source of my material, allowing ideas to develop slowly.
My goal, not yet fully realized, is that when people see, touch and use my furniture, they will sense an imaginative link between the practical cultural object “furniture” and the enigmatic magic of the natural world.