My Mission Statement:
Creating artful, heirloom woodworks that keep your memories, tell your stories, and cultivate your wonder of Nature for generations
I seek transparency and honesty in both my work and in my life. For this reason, I am inspired by pieces that display joinery and as part of their aesthetic. Asian cultures have absolutely mastered this concept. designing and building without using modern fasteners and adhesives is a unique challenge, and creates some very interesting results in design! If you research Asian joinery, you will find that they have innovated some absolutely stunning solutions to not having nails, screws, and wood glue.
I seek to use old materials that are otherwise battered and broken, and give them a second life and purpose. I feel a connection to old and broken things remade and repaired because I am an example of someone who has been given chance after chance to get it right. The best intentions haven't brought me any closer to that, but here I am with yet another chance! Re-purposed and up-cycled materials hold a dear place in my heart.
This brings me to another Asian reference, which is the Japanese philosophy of Wabi Sabi. This concept is far to large to describe here, but just scratching to give you a start, Wabi Sabi is the philosophy of beauty and perfection through imperfection. This doesn't mean I want to create flawed products and call them good because they have mistakes... but it does mean that I am interested in preserving the imperfections that accentuate the beauty in an item. I am inspired by Wabi Sabi, and I seek it in my work and in my life.
I strive to attain a "less is more" approach. This is difficult for me because I tend to over-design things. But, I like to let the wood take center stage. Nature does such a wonderful job of creating beauty, that I would rather showcase what nature has made rather than try to upstage it with complexity in my designs.