The essence of my work is in relationships: My spiritual connection to trees, my understanding of the nature of wood, my collaborative partnership with my clients, and my unique creative process with each piece, all reflect my vision and mission as an artist.
Within the “fabric of its being,” each tree tells its own story. Beneath the surface of the bark are multiple layers that show a history recorded in the outline of the grain and color of the wood. Many factors such as weather and adjacent trees greatly influence the grain patterns that are exposed when the slab of wood is cut open. When making a piece of furniture, it is my honor to listen to what the tree is speaking, allowing its form and lines to guide me as I shape and sculpt it into a functional object. In this way, I feel the tree’s first life is celebrated in the new form that I am giving it.
My work is also strongly influenced by the collaborative relationship with my clients. When designing, I carefully consider the wishes, needs, and personal style of the individuals. It is of utmost importance that my pieces are seamless with the existing décor in the space where they will reside. While visiting my client’s home, I visualize the finished product in its appropriate place. My intention is to create a piece that reflects both personal esthetic, and timelessness- fitting today, tomorrow and yesterday.
When I design a commission, my ambition is to create a piece that harmonizes with my clients’ lifestyle. I meet with the clients, visit the home, review any architectural plans already completed, and discuss in detail the clients’ hopes and dreams. It is important to discuss the variety of wood species available, and to find the wood that resonates with each client. The wood selection process will take place in my shop or wood storage facilities.
Given this information I begin the design process. Each commission has a design fee that covers design time, travel, and client meetings, and also secures the client’s spot in the production scheduling. In the design process, I will present the design options in a portfolio format so that the client can express any concerns, questions, or make design changes. Once these are approved I will proceed with the final design drawings, full-scale renderings or blueprints.
Following the completion of the design process, a detailed itemized estimate with joinery material costs, labor, delivery, tax and installation, will be presented to the clients. The estimate will be a reflection of the design.
Building the commission is special process. A lot of intricate joinery and jigs are fabricated in order to materialize the designed. Weekly progress reports will be emailed to the clients. This will create a deeper understanding of the process and aid when detail decisions need to be made. I encourage clients to visit the shop and see their piece unfold. Understanding the construction process gives the piece more life once it is in your home.
Relationships are important in my work. They include my relationships with the clients, the relationship with the construction process and the relationship with the final site. I feel I have succeeded when the piece looks like it has always been part of the existing decor. Then the timeless designed will give as much continued pleasure to my clients as it has given me in the construction process.
I look forward to working together and to design and build a unique piece with you.