I am a student of the fine woodworking revolution, having studied numerous books. I have had many mentors and influences in my tenure as a wood craftsman. Jan Janzen, Helmar Hajek, Henry Nola, Lloyd House, Bob Schantz, Qwaya Sam and Gordon Dick, have all had significant influence on my work. The natural forms of the trees in the rainforest, the flow of water in the environment, and the representative art of the N.W. coast First Nations shape my furniture and carving. I take pride in joining natures curves with perfect joinery. For the last 23 years I have been living on islands in Clayoquot Sound and the aquatic off grid lifestyle of `chop wood, carry water` makes an impression on everything that I do.
Based out of a resurrected intertidal work shed on Strawberry Island I presently do most of my work in the private confines of my shop. I predominately use only Vancouver Island woods and frequently source and mill my own wood from salvaging off the ocean and shoreline. It is important to me to source wood from non- exploitative sources and I try to make use of wood that large industry deems `waste`. I also seek to exclusively use non-toxic or low VOC finishes on the furniture,cabinets and carvings for the sake of my health, the clients and the planet!
Carving sculpture is something that I love to do. I am recently dedicating more time and study to this aspect of my craft. I am very fortunate to have mentorship in the art of Nuu-Chah-Nulth design from Qwaya Sam and Gordon Dick. I also dabble in Lapidary work and often add certain gem stone elements to compliment the woodwork.
My greatest attributes are my family. Cedar my 14 year old daughter and Mary my partner. They are my support, inspiration and teachers. We are all creative people and enjoy encouraging each other in our artistic pursuits.