Recent Projects

Candle Holders

The candleholders are all "one of a kind." Their very organic design shows the beauty of the Mesquite, a southwestern indigenous tree. In constructing these, I let the individual pieces of wood  "dictate" the shape that is to come. Each blends natural and finished surfaces.

Mesquite Candleholder
Mesquite Candleholder

Mahler Kaleidoscope

The title of this piece was inspired by Mahler's Fourth Symphony. This is one of the three largest Kaleidoscopes I have built. It features a three mirrored interior which provides a seemingly three-dimensional view, and what I call the "spiky orb." It is built from a mosaic of many different woods, and the base is mainly Black Walnut. The mirrors and optics were made by Jonathan Eaton.

Spiky orb

Ponds and Rivers Kaleidoscopes

These Maple and Purpleheart Kaleidoscopes are two of a series of three titled the "Elana" series. Both are built using the overlay technique from solid wood. The object cells are interchangeable. The object cell and the mirror system are designed and built by Jonathan Eaton of Cincinnati.

Maple and Purpleheart Kaleidoscopes
Maple and Purpleheart Kaleidoscopes

Wine Racks

The wine rack is a very simple and very functional design. Due to the balance of the design, one to three bottles can be displayed, individually or together, for a unique wine loving experience. Made from reclaimed, recycled woods, usually walnut, maple and purpleheart. 

 

Wine Racks on the front porch
Wine Rack

Boxes

Joy's box features a sliding drawer and a sliding top. Its dimensions are about 12x6x3 1/2 inches. The sides are Walnut, and the Padauk ends are pinned with brass as an accent. The top is made from many woods and many layers of overlay.

Steve's Box (the lower right) is a drum stick box with a sliding top. It, as well as Joy's box, is built with solid wood using overlay techniques, and is not veneered. It was built for a drummer friend of mine, Steve (for his fancy German drumsticks).

Joy's Box

Recent Bowls

These bowls are a representation of some of my more recent turnings.

Counterclockwise from the top: an overview of a few different designs,  the three bowls are Mesquite wedding bowls made for dear friends, the flat top bowl, dubbed "guitar Bowl" is Maple and sports a clean and sharp outer edge, the bowl (with block) was turned for an exhibition at  the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, the final picture is Cherry and Maple from "Mom's Series."

Bumps and Wiggles

This wall sculpture is called "Bumps and Wiggles." It is one of my early overlay projects and is a culmination of many shop experiments. Its dimensions are about 29x14 inches. The outer frame is built from Oak and Purpleheart, the body of the piece is comprised of several woods including; Zirocote, Maple, Mohagony, Blackwood and Bocote.

Maple, Cherry, and Purpleheart Wall Art

Maple, Cherry, and Purpleheart Wall Art. This piece represents a section of the San Juan River in Northern New Mexico and was inspired by a fishing trip. It is built in relief, the "river" is Purpleheart, the surrounding "land" is Birdseye Maple, and the thin frame is cherry.

Maple, Cherry, and Purpleheart Wall Art

Manywood Wall Art

This pair of wall pieces is comprised by many woods including: Walnut, Mohagany, Maple, Gancalo Alves, Blackwood, Purpleheart, and Ash. These pieces utilize what I call "overlay" technique, and are constructed from solid pieces of wood , not veneer. These examples were built for my siblings.

Manywood Wall Art