Working with Wood

“I don’t believe there is any other “material” we see as much beauty in,
and sense such an emotional bond with, as we do with wood.”

I have been working with and stocking wide dimension and specialty wood for over twenty years. The maximum widths vary amongst species but typically run from 24 to 48 inches. This is what is used in my furniture.

I purchase the finest hardwoods available from specialty sawyers around the country. Also, I have access to very fine, wide dimension Pacific Northwest softwoods when that aesthetic is desired. I believe there is a significant aesthetic appeal and a certain “draw” in the use of this wide wood. We begin to see the relationship of the wood in the board with a tree that actually grew.

Not many shops use wide wood, as it is difficult to work with. It requires the use of hand tools and a skill to work “with” it. It is not something to control. Over the past twenty years I have learned to see how a piece is moving as I work it over a period of time. Flattening and thicknessing, I work it numerous times until the piece reaches its final dimension and is stable. Stability ensures a piece with a lifetime of integrity.

There is another area of special interest found in my work. Though my own aesthetic sensibilities lean toward a refined simplicity, I am well-experienced in decorative techniques. In the past ten years I have been working in the specialized area of metal inlays and carving three-dimensional inlays. I have developed some techniques that allow me to create subtle inlays and effects I have not seen elsewhere. In addition, I offer the numerous decorative techniques generally used in woodcarving and the use of many complimentary materials to create custom designs. When specialty hardware is necessary, I work with both machinists and artists who cast metals to create the special hardware that bring the desired result.

“There is great excitement for me in working with extraordinary wood. I was exposed to it early in my life as a woodworker. The opportunity to show this beauty to others far transcends what I do in the building of my pieces; to respectfully give a second life to these beautiful trees as something that honors their beauty in our lives in addition to serving functionally.”